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Corporate ownership and capital structure: evidence from Romania

Alina Țaran ()
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Alina Țaran: Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2019, vol. 10(1), 133-150

Abstract: This study explores the relation between local and foreign corporate ownership and capital structure of Romanian listed companies (as proxied by debt ratio, short-term debt ratio, and long-term debt ratio in total assets). Our empirical analysis indicates that corporations, as shareholders of public companies, determine a reduction in the overall need of external debts of the investee firms. However, foreign corporate shareholders promote a short-term indebtedness policy of non-financial companies listed on the regulated segment of Bucharest Stock Exchange. In contrast, local corporate shareholders have a negative influence on the short-term debt of their affiliates. Our findings provide a better understanding of financing decisions of domestic entities, and consequently, may contribute to efficient investing and management decisions of business actors in Romania, and other European frontier markets.

Keywords: foreign ownership; debt ratios; frontier markets; developing economies; Central and Eastern European countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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