Intellectual capital disclosure and dividend policy: Evidence from the Danish biotechnology-sector

Christian Nielsen, Omar Farooq

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The purpose of this artivcle is to document the relationship between intellectual capital disclosure and dividend policies of biotechnology firms listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange during the period between 2001 and 2010. The firms’ intellectual capital disclosures were computed from the annual financial reports, while data for dividend policies was retrieved from Worldscope. This paper defines dividend policies by three variables: (1) Dividend payout ratio, (2) Decision to pay dividend, and (3) Increase in dividend. The results show that firms with higher intellectual capital disclosures not only have high payout ratios, but also have a greater likelihood to increase dividends and pay dividends. Our findings are consistent with our hypothesis that lower information asymmetries of firms with high intellectual capital disclosure lead to more favorable dividend policies.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital
Vol/bind12
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)82-102
ISSN1479-4853
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 13 feb. 2015

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Dividends
Dividend payout
Firm performance
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Stock exchange
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Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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