Title: Alignment or entrenchment? Evidence from cash holdings in Thailand

Authors: Yordying Thanatawee

Addresses: Graduate School of Commerce, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand

Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between managerial ownership and the cash holdings of non-financial firms in Thailand from 2011 to 2015. The results indicate that higher managerial ownership is associated with lower cash holdings, suggesting that managers of Thai firms do not hoard cash for private benefits. Therefore, the findings support the incentive-alignment hypothesis. In addition, the evidence indicates that board size has a negative impact on cash holdings, while board independence does not play a significant role. Furthermore, it is found that profitability, firm size, growth opportunities and cash flow have positive effects on cash holdings, whereas leverage has a nonlinear impact on cash reserves.

Keywords: cash holdings; managerial ownership; corporate governance; board size; board independence; Thailand.

DOI: 10.1504/AAJFA.2019.100978

Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting, 2019 Vol.9 No.3, pp.291 - 308

Available online: 18 Jul 2019 *

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