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A Survey of Leasing in Small Firms

  • Chenchuramaiah T. Bathala

    (North Dakota State University)

  • Tarun K. Mukherjee

    (University of New Orleans)

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    This paper reports survey results regarding leasing practices of small firms. Small firms that lease are more likely to be relatively large manufacturing firms which exhibit higher debt ratios and higher sales growth. The survey responses as well as empirical analyses of pertinent data reveal that the relationship between debt and leasing is complementary. Unlike their larger counterparts, small firms seldom use text-book recommended lease-borrow decision models. Also, unlike large firms, small firms are more likely to offer “dubious” reasons, such as off-balance sheet accounting and 100 percent financing, as advantages of leasing.

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    Article provided by Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management in its journal Journal of Small Business Finance.

    Volume (Year): 4 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 2 (Fall)
    Pages: 113-27

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    1. Myers, Stewart C & Dill, David A & Bautista, Alberto J, 1976. "Valuation of Financial Lease Contracts," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 31(3), pages 799-819, June.
    2. Brealey, R A & Young, C M, 1980. " Debt, Taxes and Leasing-A Note," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 35(5), pages 1245-50, December.
    3. Lewellen, Wilbur G & Long, Michael S & McConnell, John J, 1976. "Asset Leasing in Competitive Capital Markets," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 31(3), pages 787-98, June.
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    5. Tarun K. Mukherjee, 1991. "A Survey of Corporate Leasing Analysis," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 20(3), Fall.
    6. Miller, Merton H & Upton, Charles W, 1976. "Leasing, Buying, and the Cost of Capital Services," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 31(3), pages 761-86, June.
    7. Smith, Clifford W, Jr & Wakeman, L MacDonald, 1985. " Determinants of Corporate Leasing Policy," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 40(3), pages 895-908, July.
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