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External Financing, Growth and capital structure of the firms listed on the Athens Exchange

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  • Panayiotis P. Athanasoglou

    () (Bank of Greece)

  • Ioannis Asimakopoulos G.

    () (Bank of Greece)

  • Konstantinos Siriopoulos P.

    (University of Patras)

Abstract

The study focuses on Greek non-financial firms listed on the Athens Exchange in the period 1998-2002 and shows that only a small fraction of these firms were in a position to finance their growth by exclusively using internal resources with the findings varying depending on the firms’ size. For those firms that had to resort to external financing, short-term financing was favoured compared to long-term financing. While the need for short-term debt did not differ significantly between small and large firms, the need for additional long-term debt was clearly greater for large firms. As regards the determinants of capital structure (as measured by the total-debt-to-assets ratio), the effect of profitability is negative and statistically significant supporting the “pecking order” theory. As expected, tangible assets and firm size have a positive and statistically significant effect on the total debt-to-assets ratio, while short-term assets have the anticipated positive effect only on short-term external financing.

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  • Panayiotis P. Athanasoglou & Ioannis Asimakopoulos G. & Konstantinos Siriopoulos P., 2006. "External Financing, Growth and capital structure of the firms listed on the Athens Exchange," Economic Bulletin, Bank of Greece, issue 26, pages 59-77, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bog:econbl:y:2006:i:26:p:59-77
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    3. Theodore Mitrakos & Panos Tsakloglou & Ioannis Cholezas, 2010. "Determining factors of youth unemployment in Greece with emphasis on tertiary education graduates," Economic Bulletin, Bank of Greece, issue 33, pages 21-62, May.
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    5. Hiona Balfoussia & Heather Gibson, 2010. "Inflation and Nominal Uncertainty: the case of Greece," Economic Bulletin, Bank of Greece, issue 33, pages 63-78, May.
    6. Vassilis Th. Rapanoss & Georgia Kaplanoglou, 2010. "Independent Fiscal Councils and Their Possible Role in Greece," Economic Bulletin, Bank of Greece, issue 33, pages 7-20, May.
    7. Petros M Migiakis, 2010. "Determinants of the Greek stock-bond correlation," Economic Bulletin, Bank of Greece, issue 33, pages 79-90, May.

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    Keywords

    capital structure; Athens Exchange;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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