THE EFFECT OF CAPITAL STRUCTURE ON CORPORATE PERFORMANCES

THE EFFECT OF CAPITAL STRUCTURE ON CORPORATE PERFORMANCES (A CASE STUDY OF SELECTED COMPANIES IN UGHELLI)

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ABSTRACT

This study examined the effect of capital structure on corporate performance with reference to selected companies in Onitsha, Questionnaires and interviews were used to collect information from the selected companies in Onitsha, Anambra State.  Analysis and observations were made which gave rise to the validity of the conclusion at the end of the analysis, the major finding were:

  1. That these is a relationship between capital structure and cost of capital.
  2. That capital structure have significant effect on corporate performance (in terms of profitability)
  3. That there is a high cost of capital which hinders the companies borrowing ability.

 

The recommendations for the study among others were:

  1. That companies should increase their efficiency in use of debt capital.
  2. That since cost of borrowing is so high, if a firm should be able to service fixed charges associated with senior securities and leasing, it can borrow.
  3. That for improved performance mostly on profitability, the optimum combination of fund from varying sources which is superior to any alternative combination is necessary.

 

The researchers then concludes that:

  1. The inability of many companies to adopt optimal capital structure has been increasing their cost of capital.
  2. Due to increase in the cost of capital for may firms, they were unable to borrow in order to meet up their capital investment hence the decrease in their performance mostly on profitability.
  3. The optimal capital structure is one in which the marginal real cost (the sum of both explicit and the implicit costs) of each available method of financing is the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Cover page

Title page

Approval page

Dedication

Acknowledgement

Abstract

Table of content

CHAPTER ONE

General introduction

Statement of the problem

Purpose of the study

Research hypothesis

Significance of the study

Scope and limitations

Definition of terms

References

 

CHAPTER TWO

Literature review

Introduction

The concept of capital structure

Security valuation

Review of previous studies

Theoretical foundation

References

 

CHAPTER THREE

Research design and methodology

Sources of data

Primary data

Secondary data

Scope and limitations

Population size

Data treatment and analysis

References

CHAPTER FOUR

Data presentation and analysis

Questionnaires analysis and presentation

Data analysis and presentation

Test and prove of hypothesis

 

CHAPTER FIVE

Summary, recommendation and conclusion

Summary of findings

Recommendations

Conclusion

Definitions of terms

BIBLIOGRAPHY

APPENDIX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER ONE

1.1   GENERAL INTRODUCTION

A Corporation, Private or Public need capital to enable it achieves its objectives.  Capital structure implies the nature and proportion of elements, which go to make up the capital invested in a business corporations that are in need of funds exchange their financial instruments for the money provided by the intermediaries or direct from savers.  This money the corporations convert to tangible assets as building, land, plant and machinery, motor vehicles etc.  Basically, a corporation uses three main sources of long term and permanent financing viz: common stock, preferred stock and debt financing (bond).  It is the combination of these finances to particular firm that is termed capital structure.

 

There is need for reasonable balance of different types of securities comprising the capital structure of a firm otherwise the firm will deplete its financing ability or finance at sub optimal cost.  In achieving this, the cost of capital is important for it has a major impact on the investment decision and the financing structure of the firm of which affect the riskiness and size of the firm.  Specifically, the issue has been on whether or not financial leverage effects the firm’s cost of capital, its value and profitability, hence its corporate performance.

 

Two major schools of thought (the Traditionalist and Modigliani Miller)  extreme views on the issues in question have been among those involved in the arguments.  According to Modigliani and Miller, in their proposition which states that “the market value of any firm is independent of its capital structure and is obtained by discounting its expected return at a rate appropriate to its risk class”1 in their proposition 2 however, it states that the cost of equity is equal to the cost of capital of an unlevered firm plus the after-tax difference between the cost of an unlevered firm and the cost of debt weighted by the leverage ratio2.  Their long standing and unresolved opposite views have become so controversial that it has led many into concluding that the literature is marked by serious confusion and contradictions.  This particular notion is manifested in the words of LINTER “the decision rule which have been proposed for determining the optimal capital structure and reliance on different sources of financing are mutually in-consistent, in the sense that they have led to often substantially different decision under given sets of circumstance”3.

 

We are concerned with whether the way in which investment proposals are financed matters; and if it does matter, what is the optimal capital structure.  If we finance with one mix of securities rather than another is the value of the firm affected? This study will be guide by the definition, which sees capital structure as the interrelationships among long term dept, preference share and net worth (ordinary share capital plus reserves and surplus).

 

Finally, this study will ask some staff or selected companies in Onitsha, Anambra State how effective and they think their capital structure have been and what has been the effects on the corporate performance.

 

SOURCES OF CAPITAL

This concern on how company or companies can raise the capital they need for their operations.  These ways can be broadly classified into internal and external sources.

 

A.    INTERNAL SOURCE OF CAPITAL

An existing business can raise its capital asset by withholding some part of the revenue it has generated.  Such internally generated capital can take one of several forms.

 

i.      Depreciation Capital

Depreciation capital can be created that means keeping some of the earnings aside as provision for capital consumption during the process of production.  This amount can rightly be regarded as a cost item since it compensation for the part of the fixed equipment that is being lost during use.

 

The inability to make allowance for this depreciation has led to the failure of businesses after take off.  Once a damaged key component of the capital equipment cannot be replaced, the production process is stopped.

 

ii.     Ploughing Back Profit

Some part of the profit made by the businesses is kept back in the business instead of sharing it out as dividend or personal income to the owners.  Such ploughed back funds are alternatively called retained earnings or undistributed corporate profits in the case of corporate bodies.  When this is done, it means that the operation of the business can be expanded without involving it in any debt.  The risk of liquidating the enterprise is reduced.

 

B.    EXTERNAL SOURCES OF CAPITAL

Funds are raised from external bodies and can be done in one of several ways again.  These bodies may not have any ownership relationship with the business before.  Alternatively, those that were part owners may add more to their original combination.  Examples of such external sources are discussed below.

 

i.      Bonds and Debentures

Bonds like debenture and mortgages can be sold to those external agencies that care to buy.  Interest on those bunds are calculated as cost for the purpose of taxation.  Therefore before profits can be declared for tax to be imposed, the amount of interest paid must have been deducted.

 

These bond holders lay claim on the assets of the business first before the shareholders in case of liquidation.

 

ii.     Issuance and Sale of Preferred Stocks

This class of shares can be sold to new persons that were never part of the previous ownership.  Such shares might as well be bought more by previous part owners who merely wish to increase their shareholding.  Holders of preferred stocks are paid dividends before the common stock holders.  But they cannot be served until the creditors have been settled.

 

iii.    Issuance of New Common Stocks

New shares of common stocks or ordinary shares or equity shares can be declared and sold to either existing shareholders or new ones.  This is the last group to benefit from the earnings of the business.

 

iv.    Direct Loans

Direct Loans can be syndicated from various types of financial institutions or individual moneylenders.  They earn interest on the amount lent out and do not qualify to have a share of the profit.

 

These creditors can force the business to liquidation when the loans cannot be settled as agreed.  A court of law will declare the business are new exposed to public auction in an attempt to settle the debts owed.

 

v.     Grants and Aids

Governments and non-governmental organizations can asset businesses with nominal or real capital in support of the production efforts.  This source of capital is the only one that does not involve the firms concerned in direct costs.  The donor agency bears the full cost of such assistance.  It is not a debt on the recipient.

 

1.2   STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

The use of debt as part of the capital of a business could either help or worsen the situation of a firm depending on how well the debt was used.  Generally, long-term borrowing is required for purchase of new fixed assets or expansion

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