The Determinants of the Life Cycle Stages of Brazilian Public Companies: A Study Based on Financial-Accounting Variables

posted on 26.12.2018 by Wando Belffi da Costa, Marcelo Alvaro da Silva Macedo, Karen Yukari Yokoyama, José Elias Feres de Almeida

ABSTRACT This paper analyses the relation between firms' life cycles stages according to Dickinson's (2011) definition and accounting and financial ratios. We applied multinomial logistic regression analysis on a sample of 1,515 observations of public companies listed on BM&FBOVESPA between 2005 and 2012. Based on the literature about firms' life cycle stages (YAN; ZHAO, 2010; MILLER; FRIESEN, 1984; FAMA; FRENCH, 2001) the accounting and financial ratios used were dividends distribution, leverage, market-to-book, return on equity, firm size and revenue growth. The results show that leverage, dividends distribution, market-to-book, return on equity, firm size and revenue growth could be used as explanatory factors to classify firms' life cycle stages.