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Bank Ownership and Corporate Performance: Evidence from Egypt

  • Azzam Islam

    (American University in Cairo)

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    Previous studies conclude that bank ownership in developed markets improves firms' performance while in large emerging markets it promotes firm access to bank loans and lowers performance. We examine the effect of bank ownership on firms' performance and their access to bank loans in Egypt. We also look at the factors that affect bank presence in a firm. Our study finds that bank ownership in a firm improves its financial performance and lowers its access to bank loans. We show that banks in Egypt are not likely to cherry pick the best performance firms. Our results find that banks prefer to own equity in firms with better financial performance, lower debt, and higher collateral assets. Additionally, public ownership concentration hurts performance and discourages banks ownership.

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    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Review of Middle East Economics and Finance.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (February)
    Pages: 91-118

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