AN OWNERSHIP STRUCTURES AND DIVIDEND POLICY: EVIDENCE FROM LISTED PLANTATION COMPANIES IN MALAYSIA

OWNERSHIP STRUCTURES AND DIVIDEND POLICY

  • SAMI RM MUSALLAM Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Business and Administration, International University of Sarajevo (IUS), Hrasnička cesta 15, Hrasnička cesta 15, Ilidža 71210
  • Coral Choo Pei Lin Faculty of Business and Management, AIMST University,

Abstract

This research analyzes the relationship of ownership structures with dividend policy using a sample of 43 plantation companies listed on Bursa Malaysia from 2013 to 2015. The results of Ordinary Least Square (OLS) find that foreign ownership has a positive and significant influence on dividend policy while state ownership has a negative and significant influence on dividend policy. Furthermore, it also finds that Government Linked Investment Companies (GLICs) ownership has insignificant influence on dividend policy. This study provides evidence to policymakers of government through their GLICs and state in selecting and deciding their dividend policies. Furthermore, it also provides evidence to shareholders and managers that companies with foreign ownership pay higher dividends while companies with state ownership pay lower dividends. This study is the first study that contributes to the finance and corporate governance literature at examining the relationship between GLICs as whole and foreign ownerships with dividend policy in Malaysia.
Published
Aug 31, 2019
How to Cite
MUSALLAM, SAMI RM; PEI LIN, Coral Choo. AN OWNERSHIP STRUCTURES AND DIVIDEND POLICY: EVIDENCE FROM LISTED PLANTATION COMPANIES IN MALAYSIA. Management and Accounting Review (MAR), [S.l.], v. 18, n. 2, p. 21-46, aug. 2019. ISSN 2550-1895. Available at: <http://arionline.uitm.edu.my/ojs/index.php/MAR/article/view/706>. Date accessed: 12 dec. 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.24191/mar.v18i2.706.