Capital structure and profitability in a tax-free country: evidence from the UAE.

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Publisher: Inderscience Publishers Ltd.
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 150 words

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The balance between debt and equity is a key factor explaining profitability. This study examines how capital structure affects the profitability of firms listed on stock exchanges in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country that does not have a federal corporate income tax regime. The proxies of capital structure used include total, short-term, and long-term debt ratios, while those of profitability are return on assets and return on equity. Over a 2001-2016 sample period, this study documents a significantly negative association between capital structure and profitability. This study finds that the negative association is mainly found in companies with a high level of debts. The results of this study not only imply that information asymmetry exists, they also highlight how capital structure and profitability are associated in the context of a corporate tax-free country. Byline: Imen Tebourbi, Irene Wei Kiong Ting, Qian Long Kweh, Harith Ali Hamood Al Huseini

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A628827284