Dynamic analysis of the capital structure in technological firms based on their life cycle stages

  1. Paula Castro 1
  2. María T. Tascón 1
  3. Borja Amor-Tapia 1
  1. 1 Universidad de León

    Universidad de León

    León, España

    ROR https://ror.org/02tzt0b78

Revista española de financiación y contabilidad

ISSN: 0210-2412

Year of publication: 2015

Volume: 44

Issue: 4

Pages: 458-486

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1080/02102412.2015.1088202 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR

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This article analyses the effect of a firm�s life cycle stages on the capital structure in tech versus non-tech firms using a wide sample of public companies from Europe. An innovative approach based on operating, investing and financing cash flows allows us to analyse differences in leverage and specify the differential role of significant drivers of the capital structure across stages in both sectors. Our results point to the information asymmetry factor posed by the pecking order as the predominant driver behind the differences in the effect of intangible assets and growth opportunities for tech firms in some stages, mainly maturity. Frank and Goyal�s (2003) test of the pecking order theory confirms the lower use of debt by tech firms during all life cycle stages. In addition, we find that the results obtained for tech firms are largely attributable to the behaviour of high-tech firms with the highest growth opportunities.

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