Ownership Structure, Information Asymmetry and Growth of the Firm: Implications from Non-Financial Firms Listed in S&P500

Mina K. Bishara, Panagiotis Andrikopoulos, Tarek Eldomiaty

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Abstract

This paper investigates the association between growth of the firm and ownership structure under conditions of information asymmetry. The objective is to show the effects of information asymmetry (favorable vs. adverse selection) on the choice of the ownership structure that helps firms grow. Our sample includes nonfinancial firms listed in the S&P500 over the period 2000 to 2016. The dependent variable is growth of the firm measured by growth in sales. The independent variables are proxies for changes in ownership structure, individual investors, investment managers, and brokerage firms. Observations are grouped according to level of information asymmetry (high or low) using three proxies for information asymmetry: beta of return on equity (ROE), probability of default of ROE, and q ratio. The results conclude that (a) changes in ownership structure affect growth of the firm positively and (b) the effect of ownership structure is more significant and consistent at low level of information asymmetry. The contribution of the paper is threefold. First, it extends the arguments of corporate governance by showing the impact of ownership structure on growth of the firm. Second, the paper offers robust evidence that growth of the firm is associated with low level of information asymmetry. Third, the paper shows that fundamental financial information can help lessen the level of information asymmetry and thus help firms grow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-press)
JournalManagerial and Decision Economics
Volume(In-press)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Ownership structure
  • information asymmetry
  • growth of the firm
  • S&P500

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance

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