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Distinguishing dairy cooperatives from investor‐owned firms in Europe using financial indicators


  • Rafat Ali Mosa Ewaida (RAME) Soboh
  • Alfons Oude Lansink
  • Gert van Dijk


The European dairy industry is facing a number of challenges related to policy changes and global trends that add pressure on their economic performance. This study uses logistic regression to analyze differences in financial and performance indicators between European dairy cooperatives and investor-owned firms. The investigated indicators are profitability, debt, operational efficiency, equity growth, size, and country dummies. The empirical application uses data from 170 European dairy firms. Cooperatives are on average less profitable, operate more efficiently, and have a stronger financial position than investor‐owned firms. Using the above‐mentioned financial and performance indicators, cooperatives appear to be well equipped to cope with the challenges ahead. [EconLit citations: Q13; M12; C25]. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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  • Rafat Ali Mosa Ewaida (RAME) Soboh & Alfons Oude Lansink & Gert van Dijk, 2011. "Distinguishing dairy cooperatives from investor‐owned firms in Europe using financial indicators," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 27(1), pages 34-46, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:27:y:2011:i:1:p:34-46

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    1. Elena MELIÁ MARTÍ & Ma Pía CARNICER ANDRÉS, 2015. "Organizational models for the major agri-food cooperative groups in the European Union," CIRIEC Working Papers 1506, CIRIEC - Université de Liège.
    2. Musson, Anne & Rousselière, Damien, 2018. "Exploring the effect of crisis on cooperatives: A Bayesian performance analysis of French craftsmen cooperatives," Working Papers 279350, Institut National de la recherche Agronomique (INRA), Departement Sciences Sociales, Agriculture et Alimentation, Espace et Environnement (SAE2).
    3. Hellberg-Bahr, A. & Steffen, N. & Spiller, A., 2012. "Unternehmensstrategie Defizite in Genossenschaftsmolkereien: Eine mitgliederbasierte Fallstudie," Proceedings “Schriften der Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaues e.V.”, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA), vol. 47, March.
    4. Xi, Xian & An, Haizhong, 2018. "Research on energy stock market associated network structure based on financial indicators," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 490(C), pages 1309-1323.
    5. Achilleas Kontogeorgos & Panagiota Sergaki & Anastasia Kosma & Vassiliki Semou, 2018. "Organizational Models for Agricultural Cooperatives: Empirical Evidence for their Performance," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer;Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), vol. 9(4), pages 1123-1137, December.
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