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dc.contributor.authorRuto, Kelvin Kibet
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-20T12:15:21Z
dc.date.available2016-03-20T12:15:21Z
dc.date.issued2015-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11071/4339
dc.descriptionSubmitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Business Science in Finance, at Strathmore Universityen_US
dc.description.abstractThis study seeks to test both the pecking order theory and the trade-off theory theories using evidence from companies listed in the Nairobi securities exchange and examine which theory best explains capital structures of listed firms in Kenya. This research follows an investigative research design as it seeks to test the application of pecking order theory vs the trade-off theory is the context of listed firms in Kenya. Through random sampling, 30 listed companies were randomly selected for study representing 50% of the listed companies in Kenya. Listed firms are found to make a considerable adjustment towards the optimal debt ratio. However, there was an average negative speed of adjustment suggesting that some listed firms they are moving further away from the optimal debt ratio. Based on the sampled listed companies, using the LSDVC dynamic estimator as method of estimation, this study has clearly shown that the listed firms make an adjustment of their actual debt towards the optimal level of debt and age of the firms contribute to increase firm debt. More profitable and older companies have tended to use the pecking order theory. Limitations and disadvantages faced in this study is the fact that it only focused on determinants of general debt. Debt can be separated as long term and short term debt and may imply different levels of adjustment. Therefore recommend future studies and research to analyze how these determinants of debt may affect long term debt and short term and if there is difference in their adjustment ratesen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherStrathmore Universityen_US
dc.subjectTrade - off theoryen_US
dc.subjectPecking order theoryen_US
dc.subjectKenyanen_US
dc.subjectFirmsen_US
dc.titleTesting trade - off theory vs pecking order theory - evidence from Kenyan listed firmsen_US
dc.typeOtheren_US


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