Authors: Safdar Husain Tahir; Muhammad Adnan Naeem; Hazoor Muhammad Sabir; Khuram Shehzad Aslam
Addresses: Department of Banking and Finance, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan ' Department of Banking and Finance, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan ' Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan ' Department of Management Sciences, National College of Business and Economics, Lahore, Pakistan
Abstract: The rationale of the study is to investigate the major determinants of debt to equity mixture in banking sector of Pakistan over a period of study from the year 2003 to 2013. Present study analysis is focusing on major capital structure determinants by conducting the multiple regression analysis in order to find out the major explanatory variables. Key findings of the study indicate that various internal (bank specific) and external (industry specific) factors are contributing towards the ultimate determination of leverage decision of the firms over the period of the study. Size of the firm, return on assets (ROA), return on equity (ROE) and fixed asset tangibility (FAT) are the major determinants of leverage decision. Contemporary analysis is primarily contributing in the existing body of literature which will be very much beneficial in the overall research analysis.
Keywords: capital structure; Pakistan; return on assets; ROA; return on equity; ROE; firm size; effective tax rate; ETR; fixed asset tangibility; FAT; gross domestic product; GDP; banking industry; debt to equity ratio.
African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development, 2016 Vol.5 No.2, pp.137 - 148
Received: 30 May 2015
Accepted: 30 May 2015
Published online: 23 Apr 2016 *