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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP, FIRM PERFORMANCES AND LEVERAGE: AN ANALYSIS FROM MALAYSIAN LISTED FIRMS

Nazrul Hisyam Ab Razak, Normaizatul Akma Saidi, Fauziah Mahat

DOI: 10.22495/cocv10i4art4

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examining the impact of government ownership on firm performance and leverage in Malaysia. In this paper, we examine governance mechanism and firm performance and leverage of 200 Malaysian firms over 5 year periods from 2005 - 2009. We use fixed effect panel regression model in predicting capital structure of Malaysian firms. We use two indicators as independent variables which are debt ratio and debt over equity ratios. This paper is to determine whether after controlling firm specific characteristics such as corporate governance, agency cost, growth, risk and profitability, government involvement will influence decision on debt policy of the firm. This study may enable the firms to make better decision on their external financing. The inverse association of leverage and profitability implies that the firms are able to get the required capital easily due to the higher level of profits. The existence of government support and backup also will ensure the level in the firms is at the controllable. Therefore, the findings will be able to add new knowledge to the corporate managers and policy makers especially on decision-making on capital structure.

Keywords: Government Ownership, Corporate Governance, Leverage

How to cite this paper: Ab Razak, N. H., Saidi, N. A., & Mahat, F. (2013). The relationship between government ownership, firm performances and leverage: An analysis from Malaysian listed firms. Corporate Ownership & Control, 10(4), 47-60. http://doi.org/10.22495/cocv10i4art4

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