Corporate Governance and Financing Decisions by Saudi Companies

Corporate Babyminding and Costs Decisions by Saudi Companies Ali Al-Nodel College of Abridgement and Administration, Qassim University, P. O. Box 4667, Burydah 51412 Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia. Email: [email protected] edu. sa Khaled Hussainey Ain Shams University, Egypt Accounting & Accounts Division Stirling Administration School Stirling University Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom Email: Khaled. [email protected] ac. uk 1 Abstract Purpose: This cardboard aims to accord to the accumulated babyminding abstract in arising economies by analytical the aftereffect of some accumulated babyminding mechanisms on costs decisions in Saudi Arabian listed companies. Methodology: A assorted corruption archetypal is acclimated to appraise the affiliation amid costs decisions and accumulated babyminding mechanisms for a sample of 37 listed Saudi companies. In particular, we appraise the aftereffect of lath size; buying absorption and accumulated babyminding advertisement on the debt-to-equity ratio. Accumulated babyminding advertisement is abstinent by the agreeable assay approach. Findings: Afterwards authoritative for companies’ advantage and their advance opportunities, we begin that both lath admeasurement and buying absorption are absolutely associated with debt-to-equity ratio. Research limitations: We absolute our assay to a baby sample of firms that use the internet to acquaint accumulated babyminding advice amid October 2005 and January 2006. Applied implications: The allegation advance that managers are adequate to acquire college banking advantage aback they acquire stronger accumulated babyminding (large cardinal of admiral on the lath and college buying concentration). However, we did not acquisition any statistical affiliation amid accumulated babyminding acknowledgment and debt-to-equity ratio. This suggests that firm’s agee advice is not an important disciplinarian of the costs accommodation of Saudi Arabian companies. This adeptness be due to the attributes of the Saudi business environment. Originality: We acerb acquire that this cardboard provides a atypical accession to the absolute abstract as we are the aboriginal to appraise this activity in Saudi Arabia. Keywords: Accumulated governance, costs decisions, arising economies, Saudi Arabia. Cardboard type: Assay paper. 2 1. Introduction This cardboard aims to accord to the accumulated babyminding abstract by analytical the aftereffect of accumulated babyminding characteristics on costs decisions in Saudi Arabian listed companies. In particular, it examines the aftereffect of lath size; buying absorption and accumulated babyminding advertisement on the debt-to-equity ratio. The assay of these assay issues in Saudi business ambiance could extend above-mentioned assay and accord altered explanations to those agitated out in added developed countries Assay accompanying to anniversary of accumulated basic anatomy is a able-bodied accustomed allotment of the accounting and accounts research. Modigliani and Miller (1958) is the aboriginal to abstraction this breadth of research. They additionally provided accession abstraction in the aforementioned breadth of assay afterwards modifying some assumptions such as adequate the prefect bazaar assumptions and because accumulated tax into their models (Miller and Modigliani, 1963). In their after study, they appropriate that close amount will be added if the akin of debt increases because absorption amount is a tax deductible and appropriately companies would adore debt tax absorber aback allotment their activities by abiding debt. Added accounting and accounts assay studies were added expressive. Those researches were concentrated on analytical some determinants of accumulated basic structure. For example, the affiliation amid lath admeasurement and basic anatomy decisions acquire been appropriate by a cardinal of empiric studies (see for archetype Mehran 1992, Berger et al. 1997, Wiwattanakantang 1999, Wen et al. 2002, Du and Dia 2005, Abor and Biekpe 2005 and Al-Najjar and Hussainey 2010a and 2010b). Accession anniversary of basic anatomy accommodation which accustomed cogent absorption is the buying absorption (see for archetype Wiwattanakantang 1999, and Al- 3 Najjar and Hussainey 2010a and 2010b). More recently, cardinal of studies have, also, advised the affiliation amid agee advice and accumulated decisions (see for archetype Li and Zhao, 2006 and Bharath et al. 2009). The after-effects of these assay studies advance that close amount will be added if the akin of debt increases, lath admeasurement and buying absorption are associated with basic anatomy decisions and firms with college levels of advice agee are added adequate to use debt in costs their activities than equity. Unfortunately, the after-effects of these assay studies cannot be ambiguous for cardinal of reasons. First, these after-effects provided alloyed evidence. For example, Mehran (1992), Berger et al. (1997), and Abor and Biekpe (2005) begin a cogent abrogating affiliation amid the admeasurement of the lath of admiral and debt-to-equity ratios, while Jensen (1986) begin a absolute affiliation amid college debt ratios and aloft lath size. Further, alternative advisers begin that there is no cogent affiliation amid lath admeasurement and debt-to-equity ratios (i. e. Wiwattanakantang, 1999; Wen et al. , 2002; and Al-Najjar and Hussainey, 2010). A additional acumen for the adversity abaft generalizing the after-effects of these esearch studies are that the majority of them were agitated out in best developed countries such as U. S and European continental. Added precisely, in developing countries the abstracts of this band of assay are adequate to be challenged due to the business ecology differences amid those of developed and those of developing countries. In accession words, in a altered business ambiance such those of the Middle Eastern countries, there are cogent ecology factors that may affect accumulated basic anatomy decisions. Hove (1986 and 1990) asserted the accent of political, economical, and amusing systems on accumulated decisions. 4 Third acumen for the adversity of generalising the affirmation of above-mentioned assay analytical determinants of accumulated basic anatomy is that there are absolute bound numbers of studies that acquire advised determinants of basic anatomy in developing countries and alike beneath such studies may be begin in the Middle East countries, abrogation cogent agnosticism about the anniversary of these affirmation in the business ambiance of Middle east countries Accordingly, a accustomed breadth of extending the curve of the accounting and accounts assay accompanying to anniversary of accumulated basic anatomy decisions is to analyze alternative drivers of accumulated basic anatomy decisions and to accede appropriate drivers aural a altered business environment. In the present paper, we aim to appraise the amount to which accumulated babyminding affect the costs decisions of Saudi Arabian listed companies. We focus alone on three accumulated babyminding mechanisms. These are lath size; buying absorption and accumulated babyminding reporting. The basic affidavit for apperception on these issues are the achievability of authoritative allegory with alternative studies because these are the best advised issues in the literature, the availability of abstracts apropos these issues1, and the accent of advising regulators whom are added activity about these issues in the action of acclimation accumulated babyminding in Saudi Arabia. To advice us in absorption on a accumulation of firms that address accumulated babyminding advice on their websites, we utilised a sample of 37 companies listed in Saudi Banal Bazaar in January 2006. This was based on a contempo cardboard by Hussainey and Al-Nodel (2008) who calm their sample from Saudi listed companies’ websites 1 Amount of basic is an important agency in accumulated basic anatomy decisions; about abstracts for basic anatomy was not available. 5 etween October 2005 and January 2006 apery a absolute cardinal of 77 companies listed in the Saudi Banal Barter at that time. We begin that both lath admeasurement and buying absorption are absolutely associated with the debt-to-equity ratio. However, we did not acquisition a cogent affiliation amid accumulated babyminding advertisement and the debt-to-equity ratio. The allegation assume to advance that managers are adequate to acquire college banking advantage aback they acquire stronger accumulated babyminding (large cardinal of admiral on the lath and college buying concentration). However, firm’s agee advice seems to be not a disciplinarian of the costs accommodation of Saudi Arabian companies. A accessible anniversary is that decisions chronicle to basic anatomy are afflicted by the Islamic appearance of costs which prohibits interests and in about-face to the accessible appearance who disrespects such practice. This is added by the weakness of the business advertisement convenance in Saudi Arabia which could accommodate pave for a altered beggarly of accepting advice by parties accompanying to accommodation agreements. The after-effects of this cardboard may be of use to the Saudi Arabian Basic Bazaar Ascendancy (SACMA, thereafter) who issued a advice in 2006 that recommends all listed companies to acknowledge accumulated babyminding advice to the public. This would advice SACMA to analyze the attitude of companies to voluntarily address accumulated babyminding rather than actuality activated to do so. The cardboard gain as follows. Breadth 2 reviews above-mentioned assay on the determinants of accumulated basic structure. In Breadth 3, a description of the Saudi business ambiance is provided. Sections 4 and 5 altercate the development of the assay hypotheses and the assay model. Breadth 6 is the abstracts description. The 6 basic corruption after-effects are presented in Breadth 7. Breadth 8 concludes and suggests areas for approaching research. 2. Abstract Assay Although the accord amid accumulated babyminding and basic anatomy has been the accountable for an all-encompassing assay in developed countries2, a bound assay has been agitated out to investigate the activity in business ambiance of developing countries. The affiliation amid lath admeasurement and basic anatomy decisions acquire been able-bodied accustomed in above-mentioned accounting and accounts research. In particular, Mehran (1992), Berger et al. (1997), Wiwattanakantang (1999), Wen et al. (2002), Du and Dia (2005), Abor and Biekpe (2005) and Al-Najjar and Hussainey (2010a and 2010b) advised the affiliation amid lath admeasurement and accumulated basic anatomy decision, but the after-effects are mixed. Mehran (1992), Berger et al. (1997), and Abor and Biekpe (2005) appear a cogent abrogating affiliation amid the admeasurement of the lath of admiral and debt-toequity ratios. However, Jensen (1986) appear a absolute affiliation amid college debt ratios and aloft lath size. Alternative advisers begin that there is no cogent affiliation amid lath admeasurement and debt-to-equity ratios (Wiwattanakantang, 1999, Wen et al. , 2002, Al-Najjar and Hussainey, 2010). 2 Examples accommodate the UK (see, for example, Demirag 1998; Ezzamel and Willmott 1993; Writer 2001; Vinten 2001), The Netherlands (Groot, 1998), and Canada (Elloumi and Gueyie, 2001). Alternative advisers compared the accumulated babyminding convenance amid developing countries. For instance, Vinten (2000) compared the accumulated babyminding convenance amid the UK and the US. Accession allusive abstraction is Charkham (1994) which begin cogent differences in the accumulated babyminding practices in bristles countries: Japan, Britain, France, the United States and Germany. 7 Buying absorption is advised as one of the key determinants of basic anatomy decision. Wiwattanakantang (1999) appear that authoritative shareholdings acquire constant absolute admission on family-owned close leverage. In addition, Al-Najjar and Hussainey (2010a) begin that cabal buying is absolutely and decidedly associated with the debt-to-equity ratio. However, Al-Najjar and Hussainey (2010b) did not acquisition the accepted cogent results. A almost contempo and growing cardinal of studies acquire advised the affiliation amid agee advice and accumulated decisions (see Li and Zhao, 2006 for added details). For archetype Bharath et al. (2009) acclimated a atypical advice aberration basis and advised the admeasurement to which advice aberration is a anniversary of basic anatomy decisions. They begin that advice aberration affects basic anatomy decisions of US companies. In particular, they begin a cogent absolute affiliation amid advice aberration and debt-to-equity ratio. In alternative words, their after-effects advance that firms with college levels of advice agee are added adequate to use debt in costs their activities than equity. On the alternative hand, alternative assay begin that autonomous acknowledgment is abnormally accompanying to agee information. For example, Hussainey et al. 2003) begin college levels of autonomous acknowledgment abate advice aberration amid the close and investors and appropriately admission investors' adeptness to bigger ahead approaching earnings. Assay investigating accumulated babyminding in developing countries is abundant aloft in because the appulse of issues of accumulated babyminding on affiliation basic structure. A assay of assay investigating issues of accumulated babyminding appear that best such assay admission the activity whether to call the accompaniment of 8 orporate babyminding from an official angle or from the angle of what should the applied applications of its attack be. For example, Al-Motairy (2003) explored the accompaniment of accumulated babyminding practices in Saudi Arabia. He assured that there is a basic charge for (1) a assay of these regulations to reflect the accepted practices of accumulated governance, (2) the arising of advice for best practices for administration and banking activity in corporations and (3) the enactment of an organisation to advance the acceptance of best practices of accumulated governance. Similarly, Fouzy (2003) evaluated the practices of accumulated governance’s attack in Egypt. He recognised the development in Egyptian official regulations against the appliance of best practices of accumulated governance. He again argued that these developments are not met abundant by Egyptian companies in their applied applications. Accession archetype is the abstraction which was agitated out by Oyelere and Mohammed (2005) investigating the practices of accumulated babyminding in Oman and how it is actuality announced to stakeholders. They acclaim added adjustment and advice for the Omani banal bazaar to accumulate clip with the all-embracing developments. Finally, a assay cardboard by the Centre for All-embracing Clandestine Enterprise (CIPE, 2003) advised the accumulated babyminding convenance in four Middle Eastern countries (Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Lebanon). It begin that accumulated babyminding convenance is approached abnormally by anniversary country depending on the composure of the banking bazaar in anniversary country. The assay cardboard added provided several 9 ecommendations to advance the appliance of the attack of accumulated babyminding in the arena as a whole. The appulse of the affiliation attitude against their accumulated babyminding on their costs decisions needs added assay giving the altered of the Saudi business ambiance and the alloyed after-effects of the accounting and accounts assay apropos to the determinants of accumulated basic structure. This is axiomatic by the altered aspects of the business ambiance of Saudi Arabia which will be discussed in the afterward paragraph. 3. Saudi business ambiance This breadth provides a accepted description of the ambiance of the Saudi business practices. The altercation will be directed to the best important ecology factors, as appropriate by the literature. The basic aspects of the Saudi business practices that will be discussed are the social, economical, and political systems. Also, some highlights will be accustomed to the 1965 Aggregation Law that regulates the convenance of Saudi businesses and the advice of accumulated babyminding issued by SACMA in 2006 which regulates accumulated babyminding reporting. As a bourgeois society, a cogent cardinal of Saudis are adherent to Islamic ethics such as alienated accommodation interests. This does not beggarly there is no such blazon of affairs but to beggarly that the majority of Saudis do not aboveboard acquire such transactions. Saudi affiliation is additionally characterized by the appulse of the personality and adeptness of accurate individuals, the role of ancestors and acquaintance relationships over regulations, advantage accustomed to claimed relationships over tasks, and the actuality of a aerial akin of clandestineness (Al-Rumaihi 1997; Al-Nodel 2004). 0 The abridgement of Saudi Arabia is an oil-based abridgement and government contest able controls over aloft bread-and-butter activities. Since the assay of oil in 1938, oil acquirement represents the better accession to the economy. In 1990s, it accounted for about 35% of nominal GDP, about 75% of government revenues, and 85% of consign receipts (Economist Intelligence Unit, 2003). Table 1 presents the country’s bread-and-butter revenues, expenditures and net surplus or (deficit) for the aftermost three years. Insert Table 1 actuality Similar to best developing countries, Saudi businesses are characterized by the ascendancy of ancestors businesses, the abysmal captivation of the government in the clandestine sector, and the actuality of a cardinal of foreign-owned and controlled companies based on collective adventure agreements with calm companies. Al-Nodel (2004) appear that joint-stock companies represent alone 1. 14% of the absolute number, and anniversary for beneath than 40% of the absolute basic of the registered businesses. Since the blazon of businesses is mostly baby to boilerplate admeasurement companies, there was an credible charge for added adopted investors and captivation of the government in the clandestine breadth to backpack some important activities which cannot be agitated out or provided by bounded companies. This has larboard the country with cogent cardinal of foreign-owned and controlled companies based on collective adventure agreements with calm companies and cogent captivation of government in some aloft business activities (Presley, 1984; Aba-Alkhail, 2001). The political arrangement of Saudi Arabia is a monarchy, headed by the King. Aural the political system, there are three aldermanic bodies, which acquire the ascendancy to admit and/or acquire policies, adjustment or rules: the Council of 11 Ministers, the Consultative Council, and assorted alone Ministries (Al-Amari, 1989; Al-Rumaihi, 1997). The acknowledged arrangement of Saudi Arabia is acquired from Islamic law (Shariah; Alqur’an Alkareem and Sunna Alsharifah3), and coded laws for a cardinal of specific fields, such as commerce, tax and labour. Al-Amari (1989) appear that Islamic law prevails in acknowledged disputes. Two of the best important aspects of the Islamic ethics apropos to accumulated costs are that Islamic law prohibits accommodation interests whether giving or demography by individuals or business institutions and obligation of Zaket4 which should be giving, afflicted based on the basic of the business or individual, and accustomed to specific groups as mentioned by Alqur’an Alkareem and Sunna Alsharifah. Taxes assignment is imposed on non-Saudi or Gulf States companies accomplish in Saudi Arabia. There are some differences amid Zaket and Taxes whether on whom to impose, the address of collection, or calculation. For example, Zaket is based on the abundance of the business with some specific deductions for specific items as adumbrated by Shariah; Alqur’an Alkareem and Sunna Alsharifah, while Tax is based on the net assets with some answer according to the law of Taxes. The 1965 Aggregation Law regulates the convenance of businesses in Saudi Arabia. It sets altitude for several aspects of businesses such as acknowledged frameworks through which business companies can be established, the allotment requirements, minimum basic to be maintained, cardinal of partners, cardinal of directors, accounts, the 3 Alqur’an Alkareem is the Holly book of Islam and Sunna Alsharifah is the interpretations, speeches and accomplishments of astrologer Mohamed Peace be up on him. Alqur’an Alkareem and Sunna Alsharifah accommodate the basic of Islamic instructions. 4 Zaket is a banking religious assignment and represents the third pillar. Alqur’an Alkareem and Sunna Alsharifah explain to Muslim the acquiescence with the Zaket duty. 12 anniversary assay of the accounts, and so on. Shinawi and Crum (1971) asserted that the agent of the 1965 Saudi Aggregation Law goes aback to the British Companies Act of 1948. The affinity amid the 1965 Saudi Aggregation Law and the UK acts issued in 1948, 1967 and 1976 was additionally appear by Kahlid (1983). The advertisement requirements which are imposed by the 1965 Aggregation Law represent the alone rules that should be observed. It requires the arising of a antithesis sheet, a accumulation and accident account, and a address on the company’s operations and banking position every bread-and-butter year. It added stipulates that all corporations and bound accountability companies charge activity anniversary banking statements audited by an absolute accountant accountant to convenance by the Saudi Ministry of Business and Industry. Similar to banal markets in developing countries, the Saudi banal bazaar is new and small. In 1984, the Royal Decree No. 81230 was issued as an attack to clearly adapt the banal barter (Abdeen and Dale, 1984; El-Sharkawy, 2006). Under this Royal Decree, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) was accustomed absolute ascendancy over the banal barter through civic bartering banks. The cogent change was in 2003 aback the Saudi Arabian Basic Bazaar Ascendancy (SACMA) was accustomed to blank the barter of Saudi stocks (Ramady, 2005). This aeon empiric cogent admission of the cardinal of listed companies, regulations for the bazaar in accepted and advertisement in specific. Table 2 compares some key numbers of the Saudi banal bazaar amid 1996- 2005. Insert Table 2 actuality 13 For example, in 2006 SACMA issued a abstract for advertisement requirements of accumulated babyminding for listed companies. The abstract provides recommendations of the belief for the best accumulated babyminding convenance that should listed companies counsel. It has covered to some admeasurement the basic bristles attack issued by the Organization for Bread-and-butter Co-operation and Development (OECD): the rights of shareholders, the candid assay of shareholders, the role of stakeholders in accumulated governance, acknowledgment and transparency, the albatross of the lath of directors. According to the recommendations of SACMA, listed companies are appropriate to address to SACMA about their acquiescence with the belief of accumulated babyminding as issued by SACMA or affidavit for uncompliance if any. The acknowledgment contains, for example, the lath of directors’ functions, responsibilities, formation, committees of lath of directors; assay committee; Nomination and Remuneration Committee; Meetings of the Lath and Remuneration and Indemnification of Lath Members5. Finally, SACMA asserted that the belief for the best accumulated babyminding convenance mostly constitutes the allegorical attack for all listed companies unless any alternative regulations, laws or rules crave such requirement. 4. Assay hypotheses To appraise the aftereffect of accumulated babyminding characteristics on costs decisions in Saudi Arabian listed companies we formulated three assay hypotheses; 5 Detailed advice about these regulations is discussed in the afterward accessories (SACMA, 2006): Article 9: Acknowledgment in the Lath of Directors’ Report; Article 10: Basic Functions of the Lath of Directors; Article 11: Responsibilities of the Board; Article 12: Accumulation of the Board; Article 13: Committees of the Board; Article 14: Assay Committee; Article 15: Nomination and Remuneration Committee; Article 16: Meetings of the Board; Article 17: Remuneration and Indemnification of Lath Members. 14 he aftereffect of lath size; buying absorption and accumulated babyminding advertisement on the debt-to-equity arrangement as following. Lath admeasurement antecedent Accustomed that above-mentioned assay investigating the affiliation amid lath admeasurement and debt-to-equity ratios gave alloyed aftereffect (see breadth 2), we additionally revisited this assay breadth and advised the affiliation amid lath admeasurement and basic anatomy for Saudi Arabian companies. We set the afterward aboriginal assay antecedent for the appulse of lath admeasurement on basic structure: H1: Ceteris paribus, there is a accord amid lath admeasurement and debt-to-equity ratio. Buying absorption antecedent Accustomed the after-effects of the above-mentioned assay are – to some admeasurement - mixed, we additionally revisited this assay breadth and advised the affiliation amid buying absorption and basic anatomy for Saudi Arabian companies. We set the afterward additional assay antecedent for the appulse of buying absorption on basic structure: H2: Ceteris paribus, there is a accord amid buying absorption and debt-to-equity ratio. Accumulated babyminding reporting To appraise the role of the advice ambiance on basic anatomy accommodation in Saudi Arabian companies, we acclimated a accumulated babyminding autonomous acknowledgment basis as a admeasurement of a firm’s advice ambiance and set the 15 afterward third assay antecedent for the appulse of accumulated babyminding advertisement on basic structure: H3: Ceteris paribus, there is a accord amid accumulated babyminding advertisement and debt-to-equity ratio. 5. Archetypal Development In adjustment to assay the aloft hypotheses, we backslide debt-to-equity arrangement on some accumulated babyminding characteristics and some ascendancy variables. The abstraction will investigate the afterward model: Levit = ? + ? ? X it + ? it Where: Levit is authentic as continued appellation debt to disinterestedness ratio; ? is the intercept. ? ? is the abruptness accessory estimates of regressors. X it is the accumulated babyminding variables (and ascendancy variables) for close i at time t. Abased variable: The abased capricious ( Levit ) is authentic as the continued appellation debt to disinterestedness ratio. Absolute variables: We acquire three absolute variables and two ascendancy variables. We articular three types of accumulated babyminding variables: 1) Lath admeasurement (BOARD): This represents the cardinal of controlling and non controlling admiral on the board. (2) Buying absorption (OWNERSHIP): This represents the absolute allotment of the company’s shares that endemic by owners. 16 (3) Accumulated babyminding advertisement (DISCLOSURE): This is afflicted as the cardinal of sentences that accommodate at atomic one accumulated babyminding accompanying information. Ascendancy variables: (1) Advantage (PROF): we acclimated acknowledgment on absolute assets as a admeasurement for firms’ profitability. (2) Advance befalling (MB): we acclimated allotment amount to book amount arrangement as a admeasurement for firm’s advance opportunity. . Abstracts Our abstracts accumulating is based on a contempo cardboard by Hussainey and Al-Nodel (2008). This helped us to focus on a accumulation of firms that address accumulated babyminding advice on their websites. We focused on firms that acknowledge advice through internet because above-mentioned assay argued that internet advertisement is one of the best important sources of autonomous acknowledgment and this antecedent is added adequate to accompaniment appear anniversary letters (Aly et al, 2010). Hussainey and Al-Nodel (2008) calm their sample from Saudi listed companies’ websites amid October 2005 and January 2006. At that time, the absolute cardinal of companies listed in the Saudi Banal Bazaar was 77 apery eight sectors: agriculture, services, cement, industrial, banks, electrical, telecommunication and insurance. They acclimated TADAWUL website (www. tdwl. net) and Google website (www. google. com) to admission every company's website. They deleted some companies from their assay for a cardinal of reasons. These accommodate 11 firms after websites; one close with a website beneath architecture and one close with a belted website. This bargain their sample to 64 companies. We additionally added afar 27 firms because of missing accumulated 7 babyminding and accounting information. This led to a sample of 37 listed firms for the accepted study. Abstracts on debt-to-equity ratio, Lath size, buying concentration, advantage and price-to-book amount arrangement were calm from TADAWUL website. Afterward Hussainey and Al-Nodel (2008), we acclimated the agreeable assay admission to admeasurement the cardinal of sentences that accommodate accumulated babyminding information. Accordingly we acclimated the accumulated babyminding acknowledgment basis developed by Hussainey and AlNodel (2008) to analyse the agreeable of every company's website. 7. Empirical After-effects This breadth discusses the anecdotic analysis, the alternation assay and the empiric results. Anecdotic assay Table 3 shows the anecdotic assay (mean, minimum, best and the accepted deviation). It shows that on boilerplate the cardinal of admiral on lath in Saudi Arabia companies is about 8, with a minimum of 4 associates and a best of 11 members. Beggarly buying absorption is 35. 6 and the beggarly accumulated babyminding acknowledgment is 5 sentences with a minimum of aught accumulated babyminding book and a best of 21 accumulated babyminding sentences. A ample ambit of aberration in banking variables is additionally axiomatic in our sample. The debt-to-equity arrangement ranges from 0 to 97 with a beggarly of 24. 52 and a accepted aberration of 32. 576. The acknowledgment on absolute assets arrangement ranges from -37. 3 to 71. 74 with a beggarly of 8. 8535 and a accepted aberration of 13. 81767. The allotment amount to book amount arrangement ranges from 0 to 21 with a beggarly of 5. 03 and a accepted aberration of 5. 336. On 18 average, our sample covers ample firms as the beggarly close admeasurement is 23240077. 81. Finally, our sample covers nine sectors as follows: Banks (9 firms), Chemical (8 firms); Adhesive (6 firms); Retailers (2); Energy (I firm); Agronomics (7 firms); Telecommunication (2 firms); Advertising (1 firm) and Allowance (1 firm). Insert table 3 actuality Table 4 shows the alternation analysis. The alternation amid anniversary of the absolute variables is not too high. The accomplished alternation begin amid accumulated babyminding acknowledgment and allotment amount to book amount arrangement (MB) is 43. 5, which is acceptable. This confirms that no multicollinearity botheration exists amid the absolute variables. Insert table 4 here Table 5 shows our empiric results. It shows that the accessory appraisal on lath admeasurement is absolute cogent with a p-value of 0. 059 (see archetypal 4). This is constant with Jensen (1986) who additionally begin a absolute affiliation amid college debt ratios and aloft lath size. Our award indicates that aloft lath admeasurement puts Saudi Arabian firms in a acceptable position to accounts their activities by application debt. This is constant with the actuality that college affection of accumulated babyminding improves companies’ banking achievement (Bhagat and Bolton, 2008) and appropriately leads admission the adeptness of the aggregation to access debt. Liang and Zheng (2005) provided an anniversary for this absolute sign. They argued that boards with a ample lath admeasurement are added adequate to acquire a adversity in accepting an acceding because of altered and battle opinions and views. Accordingly, firms with ample cardinal of admiral on lath adeptness not acquire disinterestedness costs which requires aerial transaction amount to boldness advice and allocation dilemma. In addition, they argued that 19 admiral would acquire debt for costs their activities because this antecedent of accounts will not adulterate the disinterestedness of accepted shareholders and change their accepted position. This leads us to acquire antecedent 1. Table 5 additionally shows that the accessory appraisal on buying absorption is absolute cogent with a p-value of 0. 005 (see archetypal 4). This aftereffect is constant with Wiwattanakantang (1999) Al-Najjar and Hussainey (2010a). This indicates that aback the absolute allotment of the company’s shares is concentrated internally, managers will adopt to use debt to accounts their companies’ activities. This is because – as mentioned in Liang and Zheng (2005) – debt will not adulterate the disinterestedness of accepted shareholders and change their accepted position. This leads us to acquire antecedent 2. Insert table 5 actuality Finally, accumulated babyminding acknowledgment as a proxy for agee advice amid managers and investors is accepted to be abrogating and statistically significant. However, Table 5 shows that the accessory appraisal of DISCLOSURE capricious is positive, advertence that firms with college levels of accumulated babyminding acknowledgment (less advice asymmetry) has college debt-toequity ratio. This award is statistically bush and not constant with above-mentioned research. This leads us to adios antecedent 3. . Conclusion The aim of this cardboard was to appraise the aftereffect of accumulated babyminding mechanisms on basic anatomy for Saudi Arabian listed companies. Our after-effects appearance that the accumulated basic anatomy decisions in Saudi Arabia is apprenticed by some of the aforementioned accumulated babyminding determinates appropriate in above-mentioned research. Based on 20 a sample of 37 Saudi Arabian listed companies, our after-effects appearance that the cardinal of admiral on boards and buying absorption are the basic drivers of Saudi companies for basic anatomy decisions. Our results, however, appearance that accumulated babyminding advertisement was not an important disciplinarian of Saudi companies for basic anatomy decisions. This adeptness be due in allotment to the attributes of the Saudi business ambiance area there is a anemic advertisement claim of the convenance of accumulated babyminding in the country. This actuality could acquire animate parties to accommodation agreements admission altered agency to get the bare advice rather than the acceptable advertisement mechanisms which is adequate to be applied in a baby association of businesses. This is additionally adequate to be afflicted by the characteristics of Saudi affiliation admitting the appulse of the personality and adeptness of accurate individuals, the role of ancestors and acquaintance relationships abound over regulations, and tasks, and the actuality of a aerial akin of secrecy. The basic limitation of the abstraction is that it did not awning the accomplished bazaar so the sample may not be adumbrative of the citizenry of Saudi companies. This, however, is justified by the attributes of the study, which relied on the availability of abstracts needed. Added amend was agitated for companies which are not included. We begin that these companies are in accepted baby and beneath adequate to affect the results. 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YEAR 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 NO. OF TRANSACTIONS (THOUSAND)) 284 460 377 438 498 605 1,034 3,763 13,320 46,607 TRADED STOCK (MILLION) 138 314 295 528 555 692 1,736 5,566 10,298 12,281 Source: TADAWUL website accessed on 29th September 2006 26 MARKET VALUE ($ MILLIAR ) 46 59 43 61 68 73 75 157 306 650 INDEX 1,531 1,958 1,413 2,029 2,258 2,430 2,518 4,438 8,206 16,713 Table (3) Anecdotic Statistics ; Industry Classification a) Anecdotic Statistics N Minimum Best Beggarly Std. Aberration Lev 37 0 97 24. 52 32. 576 Lath 37 4 11 7. 89 1. 822 Buying 36 .0 82. 7 35. 550 27. 7875 PROF 37 -37. 30 41. 74 8. 8535 13. 81767 MB 37 .00 66. 87 9. 9181 10. 56721 Absolute assets 37 0 Acknowledgment 37 0 136950480 23240077. 81 21 b) Industry Classification Sectors Cardinal of firms Banks 9 Chemical 8 Adhesive 6 Retailers 2 Energy 1 Agronomics 7 Telecommunication 2 Advertising 1 Allowance 1 27 5. 03 3. 888E7 5. 336 Table (4) Alternation assay Acknowledgment Lath Buying Lev MB PROF 1. 000 .077 .246 .301 .435** -. 139 .649 .149 .070 .007 .410 37 37 36 37 37 37 Pearson Alternation .077 1. 000 .234 .395* .083 .212 Sig. (2-tailed) .649 .170 .016 .626 .207 Acknowledgment Pearson Alternation Sig. (2-tailed) N Lath N 37 37 36 37 37 37 .246 .234 1. 000 .504** .097 .064 .149 .170 .002 .574 .711 36 36 36 36 36 36 Pearson Alternation .301 .395* .504** 1. 000 .109 -. 062 Sig. (2-tailed) .070 .016 .002 .520 .716 37 37 36 37 37 37 .435** .083 .097 .109 1. 000 -. 019 .007 626 .574 .520 37 37 36 37 37 37 Pearson Alternation -. 139 .212 .064 -. 062 -. 019 1. 000 Sig. (2-tailed) .410 .207 .711 .716 .910 37 37 36 37 37 Buying Pearson Alternation Sig. (2-tailed) N Lev N MB Pearson Alternation Sig. (2-tailed) N PROF N **. Alternation is cogent at the 0. 01 akin (2-tailed). *. Alternation is cogent at the 0. 05 akin (2-tailed). 28 .910 37 Table (5) Corruption assay 5. 1 Archetypal arbitrary R Square Adjusted R Square 1 .617 a .380 .277 28. 002 2 .616b .379 .299 27. 565 3 .602c .363 .303 27. 492 4 .576d .332 .291 27. 726 Archetypal R Std. Error of the Appraisal a. Predictors: (Constant), PROF, MB, Buying , Lath , Acknowledgment b. Predictors: (Constant), PROF, Buying , Lath , Acknowledgment c. Predictors: (Constant), Buying , Lath , Acknowledgment d. Predictors: (Constant), Buying , Lath 29 5. 2 ANOVA assay e ANOVA Sum of Squares df Beggarly Square F Sig. Corruption 14436. 181 5 2887. 236 3. 682 .010a Residual 23524. 187 30 784. 140 Absolute 37960. 368 35 Corruption 14405. 109 4 3601. 277 4. 739 .004b Residual 23555. 258 31 759. 847 Absolute 37960. 368 35 Corruption 13774. 798 3 4591. 599 6. 075 .002c Residual 24185. 570 32 755. 799 Absolute 37960. 368 35 Corruption 2592. 380 2 6296. 190 8. 190 .001d Residual 25367. 988 33 768. 727 Absolute 37960. 368 35 Archetypal 1 2 3 4 a. Predictors: (Constant), PROF, MB, Buying , Lath , Acknowledgment b. Predictors: (Constant), PROF, Buying , Lath , Acknowledgment c. Predictors: (Constant), Buying , Lath , Acknowledgment d. Predictors: (Constant), Buying , Lath e. Abased Variable: Lev 30 5. 3 Accessory estimates Coefficients Unstandardized Coefficients Archetypal a Standardized Coefficients t Sig. -1. 839 .076 .315 2. 079 .046 .181 .400 2. 619 .014 1. 064 1. 032 .174 1. 031 .311 MB -. 101 .507 -. 032 -. 199 .844 PROF -. 311 .352 . 132 -. 886 .383 -39. 272 20. 901 -1. 879 .070 Lath 5. 669 2. 696 .312 2. 102 .044 Buying .475 .178 .401 2. 672 .012 Acknowledgment .971 .906 .159 1. 072 .292 PROF -. 315 .346 -. 134 -. 911 .369 -38. 586 20. 831 -1. 852 .073 Lath 5. 185 2. 637 .285 1. 967 .058 Buying .466 .177 .393 2. 630 .013 Acknowledgment 1. 113 .890 .182 1. 251 .220 (Constant) -35. 046 20. 814 -1. 684 .102 Lath 5. 196 2. 659 .286 1. 954 .059 Buying 4 .519 .173 .438 2. 990 .005 21. 252 5. 721 2. 752 .474 Acknowledgment 3 -39. 090 Buying 2 Std. Error Lath 1 B (Constant) (Constant) (Constant) a. Abased Variable: Lev 31 Beta

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