The Effect of Financial Leverage on Corporate Performance of Some Selected Companies in Nigeria

Ojo, Akinmulegun Sunday
February 2012
Canadian Social Science;2012, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p84
Academic Journal
This paper empirically examines the effect of financial leverage on selected indicators of corporate performance in Nigeria. In an attempt to juxtapose the earlier findings that were specific of developed nations, econometric technique of Vector Auto Regression (VAR) model was employed. The findings revealed that Leverage shocks exert substantially on corporate performance in Nigeria. In addition, Earnings Per Share (EPS) depends more on feedback shock and less on leverage shock. Leverage shocks on Earnings Per Share indirectly affect the Net Assets Per Share of firms as the bulk of the shocks on the Net Assets Per Share was received from Earnings Per Share of the firms. Leverage therefore significantly affect corporate performance in Nigeria. Thus, theories that are adequate for indigenous macro economic variables should be developed instead of depending on the structured theories of the advanced developed countries of the world, as these theories cannot be appropriate proxies for advancing the course of the developing nations.


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