Financial flexibility, corporate investment and performance : evidence from financial crises

Ozkan, Aydin (Professor of finance); Arslan-Ayaydin, Özgür; Florackis, Chris

Hull University Business School
REF 2014 submission; Financial flexibility; Corporate investment; Liquidity management; Financial crisis; Financing constraints
2014

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©2016 University of Hull
Abstract

This study examines the impact of financial flexibility on the investment and performance of East Asian firms over the period 1994-2009. We employ a sample of 1,068 firms and place particular emphasis on the periods of the Asian crisis (1997-1998) and the recent credit crisis (2007-2009). The results show that firms can attain financial flexibility, primarily through conservative leverage policies and less commonly by holding large cash balances. Financial flexibility appears to be an important determinant of investment and performance, mainly during the Asian 1997-1998 crisis. In particular, firms that are financially flexible prior to this crisis (i) have a greater ability to take investment opportunities, (ii) rely much less on the availability of internal funds to invest, and (iii) perform better than less flexible firms during the crisis. Our analysis covering the credit crisis period of 2007-2009 suggests that some of the advantages of flexible firms towards investing persist but are significantly less pronounced over that period. We also find that the value of financial flexibility is region/country specific, which may be explained by the fact that different regions/countries often adopt different macroeconomic policies and operate in diverse economic/legal environments.

Publisher
The University of Hull
Peer reviewed
Yes
Language
English
Extent
394 KB
Identifier
hull:9832

Journal

Journal title
Review of quantitative finance and accounting
Publication date
2014
Publisher
Springer Science Business Media
DOI
10.1007/s11156-012-0340-x
ISSN (Print)
0924-865X
ISSN (Electronic)
1573-7179
Volume
42
Issue
2
Start page
211
End page
250
Notes

Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Review of quantitative finance and accounting, 2014, v.42, issue 2. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11156-012-0340-x

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