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Financial distress and bankruptcy prediction: An appropriate model for listed firms in Vietnam

Binh Pham Vo Ninh, Trung Do Thanh and Duc Vo ()

Economic Systems, 2018, vol. 42, issue 4, 616-624

Abstract: This paper aims to develop a comprehensive model, the first of its kind in Vietnam, for the purpose of predicting financial distress and bankruptcy at Vietnamese listed firms. The period 2003–2016 is used to study the likelihood of financial distress in different scenarios. Various factors are utilized, including (1) accounting factors in the emerging market score model; (2) market factors in the distance-to-default model; and (3) macroeconomic indicators. The area under the receiver operating characteristics (AUC) curve is used to compare the usefulness of various models that predict financial distress and bankruptcy. Empirical findings from this study show that accounting and market factors, together with macroeconomic fundamental factors, both affect financial distress when they are considered in isolation. However, in a comprehensive model, the effects from accounting factors appear to be more significant than those from market-based factors. The default prediction model, which includes accounting factors with macroeconomic indicators, appears to perform much better than the model comprising market-based factors with macroeconomic fundamentals.

Keywords: Bankruptcy; Distance to default; Financial distress; Fundamentals; Vietnam (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F62 F65 G01 G31 G33 G34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ecosys.2018.05.002

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