Corporate governance and financing choices in firms: a panel data analysis of Sri Lankan companies / Saseela Balagobe

Balagobe, Saseela (2020) Corporate governance and financing choices in firms: a panel data analysis of Sri Lankan companies / Saseela Balagobe. Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Journal (APMAJ), 15 (1). pp. 98-113. ISSN 2550-1631


An important financial decision facing firms is the choice between debt capital and equity capital. The financial structure of a firm is a specific mixture of debt and equity the firm uses to finance its operations. The financing choice of firms is crucial for any business organization. This paper investigated how corporate governance indicators such as board size, board independence, CEO duality and board meetings impact on financing choice of firms. Panel data covering a five year period from 2012 to 2016 from twenty six listed firms on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) was used. Analysis was done within the Random-effects GLS regression framework. The findings reveal that organizations with larger board sizes employ more debt irrespective of the maturity period in order to raise corporate value. Further, other corporate governance variables such as board independence, CEO duality and board meetings are not found to have a significant impact on short term and long term leverage. The firms should increase their board size for accessing more debt capital as a large board size puts pressure on managers through stringent monitoring and regulatory mechanisms to increase the value of a firm. However beyond a certain level, further increase in board size could lead to adverse effects. Therefore, this study recommends a policy that may strike a good balance between quality and quantity of board size.


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Balagobe, Saseela
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > International finance
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > Investment, capital formation, speculation
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Accounting Research Institute (ARI)
Journal or Publication Title: Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Journal (APMAJ)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Journal (APMAJ)
ISSN: 2550-1631
Volume: 15
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 98-113
Keywords: Board size, board independence, CEO duality, corporate governance, financing choice
Date: April 2020
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