Excess corporate payouts and financial distress risk

Andriosopoulos, Dimitris and De Cesari, Amedeo and Stathopoulos, Konstantinos (2020) Excess corporate payouts and financial distress risk. European Financial Management. ISSN 1354-7798

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    Abstract

    Firms that follow excessive payout policies (over-payers) are higher on the financial distress spectrum and have lower survival rates than under-payers. In addition, over-payers endure lower future sales and asset growth than under-payers and experience negative abnormal returns in the bond and stock markets. Exogenous import tariff reductions and commodity price jumps reduce the likelihood of overpayment. We interpret this as evidence consistent with financial flexibility considerations, rather than risk-shifting, explaining the decision to overpay. We also find that CEO overconfidence and catering incentives affect overpayment.

    ORCID iDs

    Andriosopoulos, Dimitris ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3033-2308, De Cesari, Amedeo and Stathopoulos, Konstantinos;