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Are Capital Structure Decisions of Family-Owned SMEs Different? Empirical Evidence From Portugal

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  • Zélia Serrasqueiro

    () (Management and Economics Department, Beira Interior University and CEFAGE-UE)

  • Paulo Maçãs Nunes

    () (Management and Economics Department, Beira Interior University and CEFAGE-UE)

  • Jacinto Vidigal da Silva

    () (Management Department, Évora University, and CEFAGE-UE)

Abstract

This study analyses if ownership structure is an important determinant of capital structure decisions, on basis of two sub-samples of family-owned and non-family owned SMEs, sing panel data models. The results suggest that family ownership is an important determinant for: i) the variations of short and long-term debt stimulated by the financial deficit; and ii) the rate of adjustment of short and long-term debt toward the respective target levels. The empirical evidence obtained in this study suggests that family-owned firms have the possibility to reach their target short and long-term debt ratios, corroborating the assumptions of Trade-Off Theory. Whereas non-family owned firms follow almost exclusively the behaviour forecasted by Pecking Order Theory, i.e., when internal finance is insufficient, those firms turn to short-term debt, and their variations of short-term debt are almost exclusively a consequence of the financial deficit.

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  • Zélia Serrasqueiro & Paulo Maçãs Nunes & Jacinto Vidigal da Silva, 2011. "Are Capital Structure Decisions of Family-Owned SMEs Different? Empirical Evidence From Portugal," CEFAGE-UE Working Papers 2011_11, University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal).
  • Handle: RePEc:cfe:wpcefa:2011_11
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    1. Stavros H. Arvanitis & Irakleia S. Tzigkounaki & Theodoros V. Stamatopoulos & Eleftherios I. Thalassinos, 2012. "Dynamic Approach of Capital Structure of European Shipping Companies," International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research (IJBESAR), Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (EMATTECH), Kavala, Greece, vol. 5(3), pages 33-63, December.

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    Keywords

    Family-Owned SMEs; Long-Term Debt; Non-Family Owned SMEs; Panel Data Models; Short-Term Debt.;

    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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