Effect of Default on Profitability in Kenyan Listed Companies
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Keywords

solvency; liquidity; firm size; profitability

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Ndegwa, J. (2020). Effect of Default on Profitability in Kenyan Listed Companies. International Journal of Finance & Banking Studies (2147-4486), 9(4), 01-10. https://doi.org/10.20525/ijfbs.v9i4.876

Abstract

The study investigated the whether the default measures of liquidity and solvency are associated and whether default measures are related to firm profitability. A total of 41 firms were selected to be in the study sample out of 46 non-financial listed firms in the Nairobi Securities Exchange during years 2013 to 2017 and panel data regression analysis was employed. The findings revealed that liquidity and solvency are significantly and negatively associated while the default measures lacked a significant relationship with profitability in Kenyan listed companies. The findings implied that there is no need for firms to focus too much on the relationship between default and profitability including invest heavily in liquidity in order to meet short term obligations as nowadays it is possible for firms to either convert non-cash assets quickly or borrow on short notice from financial institutions in case of an urgent need to meet liquidity shortages. These findings are consistent with the shitability theory.

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