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 JFRM  Vol.8 No.4 , December 2019
Revisiting External Pecking Order Hypothesis: Evidence from Sri Lankan Companies Capital Structure
Abstract: This research is based on pecking order theory, which is one of the major capital structure determinant theory, driven by the information asymmetry. The purpose of this research is to investigate whether the pecking order theory provides an accurate description of companies financing choices in the context. Further, to examine whether informational asymmetry plays an important role in determining the financing hierarchy, and whether the financial deficit variable plays a key role determining the capital structure, the analysis has been conducted by utilizing a unique dataset from the Sri Lankan listed companies within multiple industrial sectors from 2011 to 2017. Empirical analysis has been done based on Panel data analysis model with regression tools suggested. The findings suggest that company’s follow original pecking order hypothesis where companies’ preference towards debt is higher than equity in determining their capital structure. Moreover, financing choices are contingent on informational asymmetry. Moreover, the financial deficit variable has a significant impact compared to four more conventional capital structure determinants.
Cite this paper: Rathnasingha, D. and Heiyanthuduwa, C. (2019) Revisiting External Pecking Order Hypothesis: Evidence from Sri Lankan Companies Capital Structure. Journal of Financial Risk Management, 8, 200-223. doi: 10.4236/jfrm.2019.84014.
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