Prime Equity, Leveraged Structure and Corporate Earnings in Nigeria: A Comparative AnalysisPrime Equity, Leveraged Structure and Corporate Earnings in Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis
This study examined prime equity, leveraged structure and corporate earnings in Nigeria. The objective was to examine if equity value and debt equity ratio have relationship with earnings per share of quoted deposit money banks. Earnings per share were modeled as the function of equity value and debt equity ratio. After cross examination of the validity of the pooled effect, fixed effect and the random effect, the study accepts the fixed effect model. The study found that 74.2% and 66.7% variation on earnings per share can be traced to equity value. The β coefficient indicates that of equity value has positive impact on earnings per share, while Debt equity ratio on of deposit money banks can explain 68.9% and 59.9% variation. The β coefficient proves that debt equity ratio have positive impact on earnings per share of the quoted deposit money banks. From the above results we conclude that equity value have greater impact on earnings per share than debt equity ratio. We recommend that management should ensure optimal capital structure of the quoted deposit money banks.
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