Different levels of family ownership and dividend payout in the presence of growth opportunities

Date
2021
Authors
Ting, Irene Wei Kiong
Kweh, Qian Long
Ahmad, Norazlin
Paramanantham, Neshaleni S.
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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Abstract
This study examines the family ownership, growth opportunities, and dividend payout of a sample consisting of 200 of the largest publicly listed companies in Malaysia from 2011-2016. Three main results emerge after controlling for firm and board characteristics as well as industry and year effects in various robustness checks. First, despite their positive impacts on dividend payout, family firms exhibit a lower dividend payout relative to net income. Second, growth opportunities increase the positive impacts of family ownership on dividend payout. A positive association between growth opportunities and dividend payout is also found. Third, the moderating effect of growth opportunities on the relationship between family ownership and dividend payout is present only in firms with family shareholdings, particularly those with high and medium ownership. These findings indicate varying dividend payout in the presence of growth opportunities for the different levels of family ownership. Copyright © 2021 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
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This article is not available at CUD collection. The version of scholarly record of this article is published in Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting (2021), available online at: https://doi.org/10.1504/AAJFA.2021.120445
Keywords
Dividend payout, Family ownership, Growth opportunities, Moderating effect
Citation
Ting, I. W. K., Kweh, Q. L., Ahmad, N., & Paramanantham, N. S. (2021). Different levels of family ownership and dividend payout in the presence of growth opportunities. Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting, 11(6), 787-807. https://doi.org/10.1504/AAJFA.2021.120445