Life-Cycle Theory and Free Cash Flow Hypothesis: Evidence from Dividend Policy in Thailand
International Journal of Financial Research, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2011
11 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2011
Date Written: June 25, 2011
This paper examines dividend policy of Thai listed companies over the period 2002-2008. The results show that larger and more profitable firms with higher free cash flows and retained earnings to equity tend to pay higher dividends. In addition, the evidence indicates that firms with higher growth opportunities, proxied by market-to-book ratio, tend to pay lower dividend payout ratio but higher dividend yield. Collectively, the findings from this paper provide much support for the free cash flow and life-cycle hypotheses. Further, it is found that financial leverage is positively related to dividend payouts, a finding which casts doubt whether Thai firms rely on debt to pay dividends.
Keywords: Dividend Policy, Life Cycle, Free Cash Flow, Thailand
JEL Classification: G30, G35, G39
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