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An empirical analysis of the determinants of the cash conversion cycle in Kenyan listed non‐financial firms

An empirical analysis of the determinants of the cash conversion cycle in Kenyan listed... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether non‐financial firms listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) exhibit a target cash conversion cycle (CCC). The study also examines the speed of adjustment to the target CCC and the factors that influence corporate decisions on the optimum length of the CCC. Design/methodology/approach – Based on a sample of 33 publicly traded firms on the NSE for the period between 1993 and 2008, cross‐sectional and time series analyses were carried out on the data comprising 468 firm‐years. A target adjustment model was developed to examine the significant determinants of the CCC. Various regression approaches including ordinary least squares, fixed effects and two‐stage least squares estimation models were used in data analysis. Findings – The results, which are robust for endogeneity, show that non‐financial firms listed on the NSE maintain a target CCC. Further analysis reveals that these firms adjust to the target CCC at a slower rate. The results show that the determinants of the CCC include both firm‐specific and economy‐wide factors. Specifically, the study establishes that older firms and firms with more internal resources maintain longer CCC. Moreover higher return on assets, investment in capital expenditure and growth opportunities have a significant negative association with the CCC. The results also show a significant positive relation between inflation and the CCC. Practical implications – The study establishes that other than internal firm‐specific factors, the CCC is also influenced by inflation, which is an external, economy‐wide factor. Originality/value – To the best of the author's knowledge, this is the first study to examine whether listed non‐financial firms in a frontier market maintain a target CCC. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies Emerald Publishing

An empirical analysis of the determinants of the cash conversion cycle in Kenyan listed non‐financial firms

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2042-1168
DOI
10.1108/JAEE-10-2011-0045
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether non‐financial firms listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) exhibit a target cash conversion cycle (CCC). The study also examines the speed of adjustment to the target CCC and the factors that influence corporate decisions on the optimum length of the CCC. Design/methodology/approach – Based on a sample of 33 publicly traded firms on the NSE for the period between 1993 and 2008, cross‐sectional and time series analyses were carried out on the data comprising 468 firm‐years. A target adjustment model was developed to examine the significant determinants of the CCC. Various regression approaches including ordinary least squares, fixed effects and two‐stage least squares estimation models were used in data analysis. Findings – The results, which are robust for endogeneity, show that non‐financial firms listed on the NSE maintain a target CCC. Further analysis reveals that these firms adjust to the target CCC at a slower rate. The results show that the determinants of the CCC include both firm‐specific and economy‐wide factors. Specifically, the study establishes that older firms and firms with more internal resources maintain longer CCC. Moreover higher return on assets, investment in capital expenditure and growth opportunities have a significant negative association with the CCC. The results also show a significant positive relation between inflation and the CCC. Practical implications – The study establishes that other than internal firm‐specific factors, the CCC is also influenced by inflation, which is an external, economy‐wide factor. Originality/value – To the best of the author's knowledge, this is the first study to examine whether listed non‐financial firms in a frontier market maintain a target CCC.

Journal

Journal of Accounting in Emerging EconomiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 1, 2014

Keywords: Inflation; Cash conversion cycle; Capital expenditure; Internal resources; Target adjustment

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