The development of working capital management and its impact on profitability and shareholder value: evidence from Germany

Bernadette Hogerle, Michel Charifzadeh, Marlene Ferencz, Konstantin B. Kostin

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Abstract

This study investigates empirically the development of working capital management and its impact on profitability and shareholder value in Germany. We analyse panel data of 115 firms listed on the German Prime Standard, covering the period from 2011 to 2017. The results provide evidence that efficient working capital management, indicated by a shorter cash conversion cycle, deteriorated over time, but that a shorter cash conversion has a positive impact on profitability and shareholder value. The findings highlight the need that managers should give greater priority to working capital optimization, even in a low-interest environment. The paper contributes to the literature by advancing this research area in Germany, and it is the first study investigating shareholder relationship with working capital management and all its determinants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-39
JournalStrategic Management
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Working capital
  • working capital management
  • cash conversion cycle
  • profitability
  • return on capital employed
  • shareholder value
  • market value added
  • Germany
  • panel data

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