Do small and medium sized enterprises match their assets and liabilities? Evidence from Portugal
Bartholdy, Jan, Mateus, Cesario and Olson, Dennis (2012) Do small and medium sized enterprises match their assets and liabilities? Evidence from Portugal. International Journal of Business and Finance Research, 6 (4). pp. 13-32. ISSN 1931-0269 (Print), 2157-0698 (Online)Full text not available from this repository.
For small and medium-sized enterprises, various types of debt are not identical. There are specific costs and benefits associated with each funding source. We argue that the asset and liability sides of the balance sheet are interrelated. Specifically, we hypothesize that firms match specific assets with a specific set of liabilities. We test our theory using a unique sample of Portuguese firms for the years 1990-2000. Our data set identifies various short-term and long-term funding sources, as well as the uses of these funds to purchase various assets. Our results reject independence between the two sides of the balance sheet — suggesting that small and medium-sized firms in Portugal do indeed match specific assets with specific liabilities. The implication for financial theory is that each asset or project may have a different weighted average cost of capital. That is, there is no single weighted average cost of capital for a typical small to medium-sized firm.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||small and medium-sized enterprises, Portugal, finance, asset-liability matching, SMEs, capital structure, sources and uses of funds|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HF Commerce|
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Business|
|Last Modified:||07 Dec 2012 16:29|
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