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dc.contributor.advisorGerald Atheruen_US
dc.contributor.authorChemosit, Jephania
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-28T12:51:27Z
dc.date.available2022-03-28T12:51:27Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/23370
dc.descriptionA Research Project Submitted to School of Business in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of the Award of the Degree of Master of Business Administration (Finance) of Kenyatta University, 2021en_US
dc.description.abstractFinancial leverage and financial performance are fundamental issues in corporate finance. In Kenya, some companies listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange have had performance improvement. However, most of them have experienced declining fortunes which has been attributed to the fact that corporate managers another practitioner lack adequate guidance required to attain optimal financing decisions. Financial leverage comprises of loans and other forms of debts where the proceeds from these loans are reinvested to earn higher return than the cost of loans. Financial use is the company's capacity to utilization of settled money related charges to amplify the impacts of changes in the profit before premium and duty on the company's income per share. The extent of obligation to value is a vital decision for corporate supervisors. The poor performance of Energy and Petroleum sector companies is of great concern. Financial leverage ranges from debt ratio, debt/equity ratio and interest coverage ratio which are vital since they directly affect the financial performance of firms. The general objective as to determine the effect of financial leverage on the financial performance of energy and petroleum sector companies listed in the NSE. While the specific objectives were; to establish the effect of debt ratio, debt -equity ratio and interest coverage ratio on financial performance of energy and petroleum sector companies recorded in the NSE. The research was anchored on the following theories; Modigliani-Miller theorem, Pecking Order Theory and Trade-off Theory. The empirical literature review was based on the three objectives of the study and gaps established. The study adopted a descriptive research design. Management of all the 5 energy and petroleum companies listed with the NSE was involved in the study which mainly used secondary data to conclude. Data was analyzed using regression analysis. Analyzed data was presented using tables. Confidence interval of 95% was used by the researcher. The study adopted a multiple regression model (Y = β0 + β1X1 + β2X2 + β3X3 +ε). The findings indicate that the independent variables Debt ratio, Debt to Equity ratio and interest cover ratio affected the financial performance of the firms in the Energy and petroleum sector. Their effect was up to 75.4%. Debt ratio and Debt to Equity ratio had a positive relationship whereas Interest cover ratio had a negative relationship to the firms in the Energy and petroleum sector listed in the NSE. This study recommends that the firms handle their capital structure decisions prudently as the changes in the factors like Debt ratio, Debt to Equity ratio and Interest cover ratio enhance profitability of firms when prudently employed and hence affect the performance of Energy and petroleum firms listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange. This study also recommends that firms control the amount of interest expense since an increase in interest expense has an effect in that it reduces the financial performance of firms in the Energy and petroleum sector listed in the NSE.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipKenyatta Universityen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherKenyatta Universityen_US
dc.subjectFinancialen_US
dc.subjectLeverageen_US
dc.subjectPerformanceen_US
dc.subjectEnergy and Petroleum Sector Companiesen_US
dc.subjectNairobi Securities Exchangeen_US
dc.subjectKenyaen_US
dc.titleFinancial Leverage And Performance of the Energyand Petroleum Sector Companies Listed in the Nairobi Securities Exchange, Kenya.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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