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Article Number - E9AC27442352


Vol.5(9), pp. 373-379 , December 2013
DOI: 10.5897/JEIF2013.0539
ISSN: 2006-9812



Full Length Research Paper

Working capital management and profitability: Evidence from Ghanaian listed manufacturing firms


Richard Kofi Akoto1, Dadson Awunyo-Vitor2* and Peter Lawer Angmor3




1Department of Banking and Finance, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana.

2Department of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness and Extension, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana.

3Faculty of IT Business, Ghana Technology University College, Tesano-Accra, Ghana.


Email: awunyovitor@yahoo.co.uk






 Accepted: 14 November 2013  Published: 13 December 2013

Copyright © 2013 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


Working capital management plays a vital role in the success of businesses because of its effect on profitability and liquidity. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between working capital management practices and profitability of listed manufacturing firms in Ghana. The study used secondary data collected from all the 13 listed manufacturing firms in Ghana covering the period from 2005-2009. Using panel data methodology, the study finds a significantly negative relationship between profitability and accounts receivable days. However, the firms’ cash conversion cycle, current asset ratio, size, and current asset turnover significantly positively influence profitability. The study suggests that managers can create value for their shareholders by creating incentives to reduce their accounts receivable to 30 days. It is further recommended that, enactments of local laws that protect indigenous firms and restrict the activities of importers are eminent to promote increase demand for locally manufactured goods both in the short and long runs in Ghana.

Key words: Manufacturing firms, working capital management, Ghana stock exchange, cash conversion cycle, profitability.

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APA (2013). Working capital management and profitability: Evidence from Ghanaian listed manufacturing firms. Journal of Economics and International Finance, 5(9), 373-379.
Chicago Richard Kofi Akoto, Dadson Awunyo-Vitor and Peter Lawer Angmor. "Working capital management and profitability: Evidence from Ghanaian listed manufacturing firms." Journal of Economics and International Finance 5, no. 9 (2013): 373-379.
MLA Richard Kofi Akoto, Dadson Awunyo-Vitor and Peter Lawer Angmor. "Working capital management and profitability: Evidence from Ghanaian listed manufacturing firms." Journal of Economics and International Finance 5.9 (2013): 373-379.
   
DOI 10.5897/JEIF2013.0539
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JEIF/article-abstract/E9AC27442352

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