Title

Litigation risk and working capital

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-20-2019

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to understand the association between litigation risk and working capital management. Design/methodology/approach: The authors employ four different regression techniques (OLS regressions, regressions with industry and time controls, median regressions, and Fama Macbeth regressions) to study the relation between litigation risk (contemporaneous and lagged measures) and working capital management (cash conversion cycle (CCC) and its components). The authors also conduct numerous robustness tests. Findings: The authors find that high-litigation risk firms tend to have longer CCC. Decomposing CCC into days receivable outstanding, days inventory outstanding and days payable outstanding, the authors find that high-litigation risk firms have longer receivable periods, take a longer time to convert inventory to cash and do not pay their suppliers promptly. These results are robust to a series of robustness tests including using an alternate measure of working capital and accounting for firm type (high-tech vs labor intensive). Originality/value: This paper contributes in several ways to the litigation and corporate finance literature. The authors identify another determinant of working capital management and document another avenue whereby legal institutions affect short-term financial decision making. The link between litigation risk and working capital management is of interest to the business community, financial economists, management and the investing public.

DOI

10.1108/MF-03-2018-0129

Publication Title

Managerial Finance

Volume Number

45

Issue Number

1

First Page

88

Last Page

102

ISSN

03074358

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