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Payment Delays and Financial Performance of Construction Firms in Vihiga County, Kenya

Brenda Ajema Kalegera and Nixon Oluoch Omoro

Applied Economics and Finance, 2020, vol. 7, issue 3, 44-54

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to establish whether payment delays affect financial performance of construction firms. The study employed cross sectional research design, stratified simple random sampling and census survey of 32 construction firms. The study relied on secondary data from audited financial reports. Data was analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics - multivariate analysis. There was no statistical significant effect between delayed payments and financial performance as measured by Net profit margin and current ratio, probably other factors or measures such as management style and strategies could have affected the two variables. Our conclusion however, is that late payments in commercial transactions by the public or generations and private entities have detrimental effects on the business environment, especially by exacerbating the burden of already financially constrained firms which can ultimately push them out of business. The study was only limited to one financial year and construction firm.

JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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