Allocation of Internally Generated Corporate Cash flow in Africa

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JournalJournal of Accounting in Emerging Economies
DateAccepted/In press - 26 Mar 2018
DatePublished (current) - 5 Nov 2018
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)495-513
Original languageEnglish


We examine how managers of African firms, operating in environments characterised by less developed capital markets and weak institutional structures, make use of their internally generated cash flows. We find that managers of African firms hold most of their internally generated cash flows, and when they decide to spend, they allocate a higher proportion towards dividend payments; followed by leverage adjustments; then to investments; and lastly, to equity repurchases. These allocations are consistent with the existence of a significant financial constraint in African markets, and the use of dividends to signal credit quality in relatively underdeveloped capital markets.

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