Title: Financial dynamics of energy companies during global economic crisis

Authors: Felicetta Iovino; Guido Migliaccio

Addresses: Department of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Sannio, Via Delle Puglie, 82, Benevento, Italy ' Department of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Sannio, Via Delle Puglie, 82, Benevento, Italy

Abstract: This paper aims to analyse financial structure of energy companies, in the period during the crisis in relation to two discriminating factors. At this end, the research questions are: what is the actual situation and what the trend has been in the last eight years in the various Italian geographic areas and business markets; if there are differences between business markets and geographic area and if these differences are statistically significant. The trend analysis and analysis of variance (ANOVA) have been used starting from secondary data on AIDA database (at the end 428 energy suppliers). The financial structure is assessed using two ratios: the financial leverage ratio and quick ratio. The findings show that the financial structure of energy suppliers have not been substantially affected by the crisis in any geographic area and business market. Moreover, these two factors produce statistically significant differences in the financial structure of energy companies.

Keywords: energy companies; global crisis; finance; financial leverage ratio; quick ratio; competition; liberalisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2019.10011698

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2019 Vol.22 No.4, pp.541 - 554

Received: 16 Aug 2017
Accepted: 06 Feb 2018

Published online: 21 Jun 2019 *

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