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Identification of corporate distress in UK industrials: a conditional probability analysis approach

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  • L. Lin
  • J. Piesse
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Multivariate discriminant analysis (MDA) has long been used to classify failing and non-failing firms with high accuracy rates, although a number of methodological flaws are well known. The alternative approach based on conditional probability analysis (CPA) models have been applied to forecast mergers and acquisitions and extended to the prediction of corporate failure. This is used here to distinguish between distressed and non-distressed companies in the UK industrial sector for the period 1985-1994. Results show that the CPA model is both efficient and consistent, has high accuracy levels and avoids the biased sampling problems that have been identified in MDA studies.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Financial Economics.

Volume (Year): 14 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 73-82

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Cited by:
  1. Lin Lin & Hsien-Chang Kuo & I-Liang Lin, 2008. "Merger and optimal number of firms: an integrated simulation approach," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(18), pages 2413-2421.
  2. Tseng, Fang-Mei & Lin, Lin, 2005. "A quadratic interval logit model for forecasting bankruptcy," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 85-91, February.
  3. Korol, Tomasz, 2013. "Early warning models against bankruptcy risk for Central European and Latin American enterprises," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 22-30.

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