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dc.contributor.authorMukesh, Bharadva, Darsha
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-03T17:35:23Z
dc.date.available2019-05-03T17:35:23Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11071/6468
dc.descriptionSubmitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Business Science in Finance at Strathmore Universityen_US
dc.description.abstractA firm's capital structure gives it an endogenous cause to default. Be that as it may, prior to default there is no way to precisely single out the firms that will default from those that will not. At best, we can only make a probabilistic assessment of the likelihood of default. Not to mention, depending on a firm 's choice of capital structure, the probability of default varies from a firm with a low financial leverage to one with a high financial leverage. This paper used the Merton Model to determine the probabilities of default in various sectors of Kenya and their relationship with varying debt tenors. The model generated high default probabilities for firms with a high leverage indicating that firms with a high leverage bear high financial risks. Furthermore, the default probabilities increased as the debt maturity increased signaling an increase in future uncertainty. Nonetheless, caution must be taken when interpreting the results since the Merton model carries assumptions that are at odds with reality. These assumptions can be relaxed and alternative modeling techniques can be employed in order to match real world situations. This can be a possible future research agenda.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherStrathmore Universityen_US
dc.subjectLoanen_US
dc.subjectInvestmentsen_US
dc.subjectBankingen_US
dc.subjectFinancial economicsen_US
dc.titleEmpirical corporate probability of defaults in Kenya: Merton and modified KMV frameworken_US
dc.typeUndergraduate projecten_US


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