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Capital Structure and Firm Performance Nexus: Nigerian Consumer Goods Sector Analysis (Published)

This study investigated the effect of capital structure on firm performance using a sample of seven companies listed under the consumer goods sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The study adopted return on assets as proxy for performance (the response variable), while capital structure components such as debt to equity, debt to capital employed and equity to capital employed were used as the explanatory variables. Secondary data were collected from the annual published financial reports of the sampled consumer goods sector companies for the period 2009 to 2018. The study employed descriptive statistics and multiple regression technique based on the E-view 9.0 software as the methods of data analysis. The results revealed that debt to equity has insignificant positive impact on return on assets, debt to capital employed and equity to capital employed had negative but insignificant effect on return on assets. Over all, capital structure has no significant effect (at 5% level) on firm performance in the consumer goods sector. Based on the findings, the study recommended among others that the management of consumer goods sector companies should exercise caution in considering the use of debt finance (following the Pecking order theory) in their capital mix up to the optimal limits, as debt to equity ratio provided insignificant positive effect on performance; and that further studies be conducted on other sectors of the economy to provide more robust generalized inferences.

Keywords: Assets, Capital, Debt, Equity, Performance, Returns, Structure, employed

The Assessment of Financially Distress Projects: Major Signs, Sources and Restructuring (Published)

The significance of project finance cannot be overemphasized as there is a paradigm shift in financing capital intensive projects by both private and public entities using project finance schemes as opposed to traditional corporate finance across the world. Unfortunately, a number of such projects are engulfed into financial distress at some point in their life cycles. In order to address this issue, this paper examined the elements of project financial distress, its major signs, sources, and as well as suggesting ways to eliminate these undesirable consequences. The methodology used is the critical analysis of empirical literature. Findings of this study provide basis for addressing financial distress conditions by restructuring financially distress projects. The findings also indicate that restructuring can be looked at in four broad dimensions notably; financial, asset, operational, and managerial

Keywords: Debts, Equity, Financial Distress, Project Finance, Restructuring, Risk

Accounting for Price Level Changes: Prospects and Problems (Published)

Prices do not remain constant over a period of time. They tend to change due to various economic, social or political factors. Changes in the price levels cause two types of economic conditions, inflation and deflation. Inflation may be defined as a period of general increase in the prices of factors of production whereas deflation may fall in the general price level. These changes in the price levels lead to inaccurate presentation of financial statements which otherwise are prepared to present a true and fair view of the company’s financial health. This is so because the financial statements are prepared on historical costs on the assumption that the unit of account. Accounting for price level changes is a system of maintaining accounts in which all items in financial statements are recorded at current values. This system of accounting ascertains profit or loss and presents financial position of the business on the basis of current prices. Accounting for price level changes is also called inflation accounting.

Keywords: Deflation, Equity, Inflation, Price level changes, Prices

The Application of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) In the Nigerian Chemicals and Paints Industrial Sector (Published)

This paper calculated the (historical) betas of listed stocks in the chemicals and paints sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange over a 13-year period (2000-2012). The beta estimation of listed stocks showed that the beta content of the entire sector ranges between 1.04% and -0.13 or between 6.78 and -2.31% providing an average beta content of 0.37 or 1.50% of the total risk for the sector. The results indicate that the unsystematic risk content in chemicals/paints sector stocks constitutes the bulk of the sector’s risk profile and that most of the stocks’ betas had defensive attributes over the study period. The investment implication is that including an appropriate mix of chemical and paints stocks in the investors’ portfolios would, ceteris paribus, help investors to achieve a combination of investments that are not highly correlated with larger economic cycle as well as higher-risk equity securities that can potentially yield higher returns than the market.

Keywords: Alpha Risk, Beta Risk, Capital Asset Pricing Model, Equity, Market Risk, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Systematic Risk, Total Risk, Unsystematic Risk, Volatility Level, beta

Bank Capital and Profitability: A Study of Selected Banks in Ghana (Published)

The study investigated the relationship between bank equity capital and profitability by sampling fourteen (14) banks, using the purposive sampling technique, out of the twentyeight (28) universal banks operating in Ghana at the time, with data covering an eleven- year period (2005-2015). The study adopted the panel data methodology to examine the effect of bank capital on profitability. The random-effects Generalised Least Square (GLS) regression was adopted as an estimation technique for the research.  The study revealed that equity capital is significantly and positively related to Net Interest Margin (NIM), and Return-on-Equity (ROE). Bank size is significantly and negatively related to ROE, and insignificantly inversely related to NIM. Regulated bank capital is a disincentive to inclusive financial intermediation in Ghana.

Keywords: Bank, Capital, Equity, Ghana, Profitability, Size