Foreign exchange risk management by Malaysian public-listed multinational companies

Angappan Regupathi

Business
December 2000

Thesis or dissertation


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© 2000 Angappan Regupathi. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.
Abstract

This research investigated 1.how Malaysian public-listed multinational companies manage foreign exchange (FX) risk, and 2.what factors influence the companies' inclinations to undertake particular FX risk management (FERM) activities. Data were collected using questionnaires, from November 1997 to April 1998, from 106 of the 169 Malaysian-owned non-financial multinational companies listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) in mid-1996.

FERM practices were measured using 54 research variables that can be grouped into seven categories - 1.management of FX risk, 2.FX exposure type, 3.FERM objective, 4.FERM responsibility, 5.FERM centralisation, 6.FERM policies and procedures, and 7.FERM techniques. While the findings were broadly similar to other studies in developed Western countries, some key differences were noted. Companies in Malaysia, compared to those in the West, seem more willing to manage FX risk, but appear to have less capacity, need, and opportunity, to undertake sophisticated FERM practices. They also seem less able to centralise their domestic subsidiaries' FERM.

Logistic regression analyses were used to identify possible predictors and their conditional effects on the companies' inclinations to undertake selected FERM activities, using 23 predictor variables that can be grouped into seven categories - 1.company size, 2.debt and leverage, 3.equity ownership, 4.listing board and sector, 5.FX involvement, 6.intra-company transactions, and 7.perceived FX risk attributes. Notwithstanding some shortcomings in the study, the findings suggested many new predictor effects, and indicated that the most important predictors, in descending order, are 1.FX exposure characteristics, 2.company size, 3.debt and equity, and 4.intracompany transactions. They also highlighted the importance of, and the differences in, the effects of various FX exposure dimensions - particularly, 1.perceived exposure, 2.individual exposure and exposure component, and 3.exposure ambiguity, apart from actual total exposure size.

Publisher
Business School, The University of Hull
Supervisor
Prodhan, Bimal
Sponsor (Organisation)
Universiti Utara Malaysia
Ethos identifier
uk.bl.ethos.342975
Qualification level
Doctoral
Qualification name
PhD
Language
English
Extent
58 MB
Identifier
hull:12358
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