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Predicting corporate failure for listed shipping companies

Haider, Jane, Ou, Zhirong and Pettit, Stephen 2018. Predicting corporate failure for listed shipping companies. Maritime Economics & Logistics 10.1057/s41278-018-0101-4

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Abstract

The shipping industry has unique financial characteristics: it is capital intensive, faces highly volatile freight rates and ship prices, and exhibits strong cyclicality and seasonality. It is a sector which has a unique corporate structure, as it is normally highly geared and relies extensively on debt financing. Shipping is also a conservative sector favouring traditional finance and tapping the global capital market much later than other industries. In this sense, the shipping industry deserves its own enquiry into its financial characteristics. This paper considers listed shipping companies worldwide in terms of their overall financial performance. While default against individual financial instruments can represent early phases of corporate failure, predicting overall failure at the firm level is worth investigating. This paper studies corporate failure and financial performance in globally listed shipping firms, examining the different characteristics of financial risks, and investigating how these characteristics vary over time. A new technique, the receiver-operating characteristic curve, is introduced to compare the overall accuracies of various models for predicting binary outcomes. The findings in respect of shipping finance for listed shipping companies can benefit both shipowners and investors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1479-2931
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 March 2018
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 02:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/109668

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