The Relationship Between Working Capital Management And Firms Profitability: An Empirical Investigation For An Emerging Asian Country

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Melita Charitou
Petros Lois
Halim Budi Santoso


Capital Markets, Working Capital Management, Empirical Investigation, Asia


The major objective of this study is to examine the relationship between working capital management and firms profitability. Using a dataset of all Indonesian firms over the period 1998-2010, results show that the Cash Conversion Cycle and Net Trade Cycle are positively associated with the firms profitability. Results also show that firms riskiness, as measured by the debt ratio, is negatively related to the firms Return on Assets. The results of this study should be of interest to executives and major stakeholders, such as investors, creditors, and financial analysts, especially after the recent global financial crisis and the latest collapses of giant organizations worldwide.


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