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**Prof. Dr. Radhe S. Pradhan1 and Kabindra Pokharel
**

Abstract:

The objective of this study is to analyze the capital structure factors affecting the financial

performance of commercial banks in Nepal. This study is based on pooled cross sectional data

analysis of 19 commercial banks listed in NEPSE for the period of 2007/8-2013/2014 with 133

observations. The sample includes all sorts of commercial banks operating in Nepal like public

sector, joint venture and privately owned banks. The performance measures in terms of return on

assets, earnings per share and net interest margin are selected as dependent variables. Total debt to

total assets ratio, long term debt to total debt ratio, short term debt to total debt ratio, size and credit

risk are taken as independent variables.

The study revealed that total debt to total assets ratio, long term debt to total assets ratio, short term

debt to total assets ratio and size are negatively related to returns on assets whereas credit risk is

positively related to returns on assets. It indicates that higher the debt in capital mix lower would be

return on assets. Similarly, increase in credit risk leads to an increase in returns on assets. The result

also shows that the total debt to total assets ratio, long term debt to total assets ratio and short term

debt to total assets ratio are negatively related to earning per share whereas size and credit risk is

positively related to earnings per share which reveals that increase in debt decreases in earnings per

share. Likewise, total debt to total assets ratio, long term debt to total assets ratio and short term debt

to total assets ratio are negatively related to net interest margin which indicates higher the debt in

capital mix lower would be net interest margin. The result shows that there is positive relationship

between bank size and net interest margin which reveals that increase in bank size will increase the

net interest margin. The beta coefficients for total debt to total assets ratio, long term debt to total

assets ratio and short term debt to total assets ratio were negative, while beta coefficients were

positive for size and credit risk. However, the coefficients were significant for size and credit risk only

at 5 percent level of significance. Thus, this study concludes that size and credit risk are the major

factors affecting the financial performance of commercial banks in the context of Nepal.

Keywords: Return on assets, earning per share, net interest margin, total debt to total assets ratio,

long term debt to total assets ratio, short term debt to total assets ratio, bank size and credit risk.

Introduction

Financial sector is the backbone for economic development of the country. It works as a facilitator for

achieving sustained economic growth through efficient monetary intermediation. A strong financial

system promotes investment by financing productive business opportunities, mobilizing savings,

efficiently allocating resources and makes easy trade of goods and services. Levine (1997) revealed

that the efficacy of a financial system to reduce information and transaction costs plays an important

role in determining the rate of savings, investment decisions, technological innovations and hence the

rate of economic growth. On the other hand, poor banking performance can lead to banking failure

and crisis which have negative repercussions on the economic growth (Kusa, 2013). A profitable and

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Email: rspkamal@gmail.com

Electronic copy available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2793498

According to Modigliani and Miller (1958). long-term debt to total assets ratio (LDTA). earnings per share (EPS). Zeitun and Tian (2007) gave empirical evidence on the impact of financing decisions on firm performance from Jordan. return on assets (ROA). total debt to total assets ratio (TDTA) and total debt to total equity ratio (TDTQ) as the measures of capital structure are taken as the independent variables. The agency costs theory posits that firm’s capital structure is determined by agency costs. both equity and debt incur agency costs. 1999). Abdullah and Roslan (2012) investigated the impact of capital structure on firm performance using the ROA (Return on assets) and ROE (return on equity) as dependent variables. Ross (1977) argued that the firm’s asset value increases with increase in leverage (debt). return on equity and Tobin’s Q were used to evaluate the performance of the firms. sales growth (SG) and growth (AG) and the independent variables are long-term debt (LTD). The results showed that all the capital structure variables including total debt to assets. and common stock. One of the most perplexing issue facing financial managers is the relationship between capital structure and performance. Electronic copy available at: http://ssrn. The empirical studies pointed out many inconsistencies in the capital structure variables that impact the firm performance. That is why there are various theories of capital structure that try to explain this cross-sectional variation.com/abstract=2793498 . Leland and Pyle (1977) argued that the firm’s value increases by reducing it leverage (debt). managers will act in the best interests of the company’s existing shareholders (Myers & Majluf. the optimal debt-equity ratio involves a tradeoff between the two types of cost (Hunsaker. by using the three accounting based measure of performance return on assets (ROA). Ahmad. Pecking order theory of capital structure states that firms have a preferred hierarchy for financing decisions. Return on assets. market value to book value of equity ratio (MVBR) and Tobin’s Q ratio as the measures of accounting and market of firm performance evaluation are taken as dependent variables whereas short-term debt to total assets ratio (SDTA).sound banking sector is a better point to endure adverse upsets and adds performance in the financial system (Athanasoglou et al. 2008). 1984). short term debt (STD) and total debt (TD). preferred stock. SIZE of the firm was positively related to firm performance which means large size firms outperform than the small size firms. Ebaid (2009) examined the capital structure and performance of firms. Since. Aburub (2012) investigated the impact of capital structure on the firm performance where return on Equity (ROE). the distribution of dividends does not change the firm’s market value. convertible securities. return on equity (ROE) and profit margin. Also. The control variables used are firm size (SIZE). The study found that the capital structure has a positive effect on firm performance evaluation measures. which includes the costs for both debt and equity issue. This study found that there is negative significant impact of short term debt (STD) and the total debt (TD) on the financial performance measured by the return on asset (ROA) but no significant relationship found between long term debt (LTD) and this ROA. long term debt to total assets and total equity have a significantly negative impact on firm performance in all performance variables except that short term debt has a positive impact on the Tobin’s Q. The theory assumed that a firm’s managers know more about the company’s current earnings and future growth opportunities than outside investors. The study found that short term debt and total debt have negatively significant relationship with return on asset (ROA).. The preference is to follow a certain order of financing sources: debt.

Shrestha (1985) observed that there were low capital gearing and even unbalanced pattern of capital structure in Nepalese PEs. Gull and Rasheed (2013) reveled that short term debt has a positive and significant impact on return on assets. Size of the firm also affected the performance positively and significantly. long term debt has a significantly positive impact on the return on assets. return on equity and earnings per share. and insignificant relation between other capital structure variable. whereas. Methodological aspects This study is based on secondary data which were gathered from 19 commercial banks listed in NEPSE for the period of 2007/8-2013/2014. return on equity and earnings per share while. 2. Total debt to total assets ratio. In Nepalease context. Accordingly. Pradhan and Ang (1994) revealed that working capital function was most important.This sample includes all sorts of commercial banks operating in Nepal like public sector. Saeed. The data are obtained mainly from the recent bank supervision reports issued by NRB and annual reports of the concerned banks. Jha and Hu (2012) revealed that ROA of public sector banks were higher than those of joint venture banks. long term debt to total assets (LTDR) and short term debt to total assets (STDR). followed by capital structure decision function. this study is devoted to examine the capital structure factors affecting the financial performance of commercial banks of Nepal. Section two describes the sample. long term debt to total assets ratio and short term debt to total assets ratio are generally taken as capital structure variables. Dependent variables are return on asset (ROA). Nepalese banking sector has undergone rapid changes at present. . joint venture and privately owned banks. section three presents the empirical results and final section draws conclusions and discusses the implications of the study findings. Bank size and asset growth are bank specific variables. operating margin (OM) and net interest margin (NIM). long term debt was found to be negatively related to all the performance variables. Saeed and Badar (2013) examined the impact of capital structure on firm performance by analyzing the return on assets (ROA) and assets turnover ratio (ATR) against different levels of debt. Financial performance of commercial banks gets affected by different capital structure factors and bank specific factors. there is significant negative relation between long term debt ratio. Independent variables are total debt to total assets ratio (TDR). AG (Assets Growth) affected return on assets and return on equity negatively whereas significantly negative relationship has been observed with earnings per share. total debt showed an optimistic impact of return on assets. On the other hand. Likewise. The results found were different from most of the previous studies.San and Heng (2011) examined the relationship of capital structure and corporate performance of firms taking capital structure as independent variables. data and methodology. the agency relation function was least important. The result shows that. total debt and short term debt were found to have a negatively significant effect on the return on assets. The remainder of this study is organized as follows. earnings per share (EPS). According to the results. On the other hand. Moreover.

short term debt to total assets ratio (STDR).Table 1 shows the number of commercial banks selected for the study along with study period and number of observations. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Name of companies Agricultural Development Bank Limited Nabil Bank Limited Nepal Investment Bank Limited Nepal Bank Limited Himalayan Bank Limited Everest Bank Limited Nepal SBI Bank Limited Global IME Bank ltd. The theoretical statement may be stated as under. the study is based on 133 observations. EPS and NIM) with the fundamental variables such as TDR. Table 1: Number of commercial banks selected for the study along with the study period and number of observation S. firm size (SIZE) and credit risk (CR). CR) The study examines the relationship of performance variable (ROA. SIZE.No. STDR. The equation to be estimated has been specified as under: ROA = β0 + β 1TDRit + β 2LTDRit + β 3STDRit + β 4SIZEit + β 5CRit + e it EPS = β0 + β 1TDRit + β 2LTDRit + β 3STDRit + β 4SIZEit + β 5CRit + e it NIM = β0 + β 1TDRit + β 2LTDRit + β 3STDRit + β 4SIZEit + β 5CRit + e it . SIZE and CR by estimating various models. Standard Chartered Bank Limited Nepal Industrial and Commercial Bank Limited Machhapuchre Bank Limited Siddharth Bank Limited Bank of Kathmandu Prime Commercial Bank Limited Laxmi Bank Limited Citizens Bank International Limited Kumari Bank Limited Nepal Bangladesh Bank Limited NMB Bank Limited Total numbers of observations Study period 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 2007/8-2013/14 Observations 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 133 Thus. R=f (TDR. The model The theoretical statements of the models are that financial performance of commercial banks (R) may be regarded as subject to constraints of total debt to total assets ratio (TDR). STDR. LTDR. long term debt to total assets ratio (LTDR). LTDR.

3: The Results Descriptive Statistics The descriptive statistics of dependent variable (return on assets.80 39.54 percent leading to the average of 3. STDR refers to short term debt to assets ratio.67.66 percent and maximum value of 15.51 87.72 percent to 116. NIM= Net interest margin. the average earning per share ranges from Rs.07 0.33 percent.75 percent with an average of 3.17 0. ROA refers to return on assets.33 24. CR= credit risk and e= Disturbance or error Term.98 -18. Table 3: Computation of correlation coefficients for the selected commercial banks of Nepal This table presents the Pearson correlation coefficients between dependent and independent variables.04 235.57 0.23 31.11 5.09 7.89 percent and maximum value of 123. TDR= total debt to total assets ratio. minimum and maximum values variables associated with 19 sample banks for the period 2007/08 to 2013/14. EPS= Earnings per share. short term debt to total assets has a minimum value of 0.67 3. ROA= Return on assets.) NIM (%) TDR (%) LTDR (%) STDR (%) SIZE (Rs. standard deviation. 22.98 percent and maximum return of 18. LTDR refers to long term debt to assets ratio.33 percent.04 percent while.76 4.22 74. 25.14 billion with a minimum of Rs. The correlation coefficients are based on the data from 19 sample banks with 133 observations for the period .in billion) CR(%) N Minimum Maximum Mean 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 133 -0.89 21.33 116.21 15. 24.41 percent. LTDR= long term debt to total assets ratio.33 percent.66 22.23billion.41 Std.00 18. Table 2: Descriptive Statistics for the selected commercial banks of Nepal Table 2 shows descriptive statistics . with a mean of 91. long term debt to total assets ratio.37 1.08 1.21 percent leading to the average of 87. EPS refers to earnings per share.33 3. Likewise. the Pearson correlation coefficients have been computed and the results are presented in the Table 3. -18.57 billion and maximum value of Rs. The credit risk of the banks ranges from 0.14 2. Long term debt to total assets ratio ranges from 21. STDR= short term debt to total assets ratio. SIZE refers to bank size in terms of natural logarithm of total assets and credit risk refers to nonperforming loan to total loan. size and credit risk) of the study are shown in table 2.16 The average ROA of the banks during the study period is noticed to be 1.37 percent leading to the average of 2. earning per share and net interest margin) and independent variables (total debt to total assets ratio. Similarly.58 4. TDR refers to Total debt to the assets ratio. Variables ROA (%) EPS(Rs.Where.17 to Rs.54 25.75 123.43 3.mean. average size of the bank is noticed to be Rs.09.22 percent to maximum of 7. Correlation analysis Having indicated the descriptive statistics. short term debt to total assets ratio. The net interest margin of selected bank varies from minimum of 0.72 0. leading to the average of Rs.235.32 percent. SIZE= firm size.8 percent with a minimum return of -0.611 9. Deviation 1. The total debt to total asset ratio has a minimum value of 74.39.32 91.51 percent. NIM refers net interest margin.00 percent to 31.

NIM refers net interest margin.518** 0. lower would be return on assets. The finding follows pecking order hypothesis (Myers. It indicates that higher the short term debt to total assets. The study reveals that there is a positive relation between credit risk and returns on assets which shows that higher the credit risk. higher would be earnings per share. 1984) and is consistent with the findings of Ebaid (2009).074 0. * indicates that correlation is significant at the 5 percent level (2-tailed). 1984) and is consistent with the finding of Saeed et al. lower would be the return on assets. lower would be the return on assets.331** 0. Similarly. This finding is consistent with the finding of Boahene et. STDR refers to short term debt to assets ratio.009 1 -0. total debt to total asset ratio and earnings per share are negatively correlated. higher would be the return on assets.014 0.012 0. LTDR refers to long term debt to assets ratio. Likewise. the negative relationship between long term debt to total asset ratio and earnings per share reveals that higher the long term debt to total asset ratio. (2014) and not consistent with the finding of Aburub (2012). Likewise. the increase in fixed expenses for assets leads to lower returns on assets. . There is a negative relation between total debt to total assets ratio and return on assets which indicates that higher the total debt to total asset ratio.464** -0.067 -0.2007/08 through 2013/14. The positive relation between credit risk and earnings per share reveals that higher the credit risk.052 -0.624** 0. 1984) and is consistent with the finding of Ebaid (2009). lower would be the earning per share. This finding also indicates that Nepalese banks follow pecking order Hypothesis (Myers. Likewise. Likewise. Similarly. The finding is consistent with the finding of Zeitun and Tian (2007).339** 0. (2013). size has negative relationship with return on assets showing that larger the size of banks. lower would be the earning per share. Variables ROA EPS NIM TDR LTD STDR Size CR ROA 1 0. This finding also indicates that Nepalease banks follow pecking order Hypothesis (Myers. TDR refers to Total debt to the assets ratio. there is negative relationship between long term debt to total assets ratio and return on assets which revealed that higher the long term debt to total assets ratio. EPS refers to earnings per share.114* EPS NIM TDR LTD STDR Size CR 1 0. 1984) and is consistent with the findings of Khanam et al. SIZE refers to bank size in terms of natural logarithm of total assets and credit risk (CR) refers to non performing loan to total loan ratio.417** 0.122* -0.416** 1 0. lower would be the return on assets. size has positive relationship with earnings per share showing that larger the size of banks.367** -0.165 1 0.227** -0. 1984) and the finding is consistent with the finding of Saeed et al. short term debt to total asset ratio has negative relationship with return on assets. ROA refers to return on assets. This finding indicates that Nepalese banks follow pecking order hypothesis (Myers.al (2012). It indicates that higher the short term debt to total assets.39** 1 ** indicates that correlation is significant at the 1 percent level (2-tailed). This finding is consistent with the finding of Boahene et. which indicates that higher the total debt to total assets ratio. This finding indicates that Nepalease banks follow pecking order hypothesis (Myers. The result shows that. The finding follows pecking order hypothesis (Myers.045 0.15 1 0. higher would be the earning per share. short term debt to total asset ratio has negative relationship with earnings per share.089 -0. lower would be the return on assets.223** -0.082 0.168* 1 -0.35** 0. Again. 1984) and the finding is consistent with the finding of Ebaid (2009) while it is inconsistent with the finding of Saeed and Badar (2013).al (2012). (2013).144* -0.588** 0.

44 1. In order to analyze the effect of total debt to total assets ratio. STDR.The negative relationship between total debt to total asset ratio and net interest margin shows that higher the total debt to total asset ratio. total debt ratio.102 0.59) -0. 1984) and is consistent with the findings of Taani (2013).34) 0.018 0. earnings per share and net interest margin.142) 4.84) 1.691 (1.71 (1.18 (2. Return on assets is the dependent variable while.011 1.989 (9.09 (-0. lower would be the net interest margin.76 1.021 (-0.036 CR 0.003 1.45) 3.49) Adj R2 0.355 0.301 0. the regression equations specified earlier are estimated and the results are presented in table 4.007 1. It indicates that higher the short term debt to total asset. size and credit risk on return on assets.866 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Regression Coefficients of ROA TDR LTDR STDR SIZE -0.47) 2.77 0.613) 3.08 .188 (0. long term debt ratio. short term debt to total assets ratio. long term debt to total assets ratio.035 (-0. Similarly.23) -0. lower would be the net interest margin.76) -0. Regressions results The regression of bank specific and capital structure factors on bank performance has been analyzed by defining bank performance in terms of return on assets.14) 1.003 1. This finding also indicates that Nepalease banks follow pecking order hypothesis (Myers. net interest margin has negative relationship with short term debt to total asset.16) 0.18) 3.001 1. The finding is consistent with the finding of Zeitun and Tian (2007).72 7.15) -0.32) -0.36 (6.76 1.77 0.10 (-0.021 SEE F 0.004 1.805 0.9 (1.77 0. This finding is consistent with the finding of Gounder and Sharma (2012). Likewise. and growth are the independent variables. 1984) and is consistent with the findings of Ebaid (2009).001 1. This finding indicates that Nepalease banks follow pecking order hypothesis (Myers.65 (1. The result shows the positive relationship between size and net interest margin that indicates bigger the size of the company higher would be the net interest margin.26) 0. Table 4: Regression result of TDR.77 0.66)* -0.005 1.085 0.018 (-0. This finding indicates that Nepalease banks follow pecking order hypothesis (Myers.77 0.13) -0.13 (-2.582 0. SIZE and CR on return on assets The results are based on panel data of 19 commercial banks with 133 observations for the period of 2008 to 2014 by using linear regression model. size.81) -0. short term debt ratio. there is negative relationship between long term debt to total asset ratio and net interest margin which revealed that higher the long term debt to total asset ratio.013 (-0.18 (1. lower would be the net interest margin. The model is: ROA = β0 + β 1STDRit + β 2LTDRit + β 3TDRit + β 4SIZEit +β5CRit +Error Models Intercept 1 3.9 (1. LTDR.76 1. The positive relation between credit risk and net interest margin shows that higher the credit risk.003 (-0.517 0.94 (0. higher would be the net interest margin. 1984) and is consistent with the findings of Taani (2013).

16) 10 11 12 (-0. 2. Table 5: Regression result of TDR.12 (0.078) -0.41 (6.21) 0.48 (10.19 (-. This finding is consistent with the finding of Zeitun and Tian (2007).016 24. Dependent variable is return on assets.758) 6.88)* Adj R2 SEE F 0..83 4. *denotes that the results are significant at 5% level of significance. This finding is consistent with the finding of Ahmad et al.74)* -7.83 (1. The regression of bank specific variable and capital structure variable on performance has been analyzed by defining bank performance in terms of earning per share.31 0. short term debt ratio.82) -0. The beta coefficient for credit risk is positive with return on assets which shows that higher the credit risk. STDR.36) 0.28 (0.87 (-0. The regression results are presented in table 5.84 0.23) Regression Coefficients of EPS TDR LTD STDR Size -1.87 (-0.43) 45. SIZE and CR on earning per share The results are based on panel data of 19 commercial banks with 133 observations for the period of 2008 to 2014 by using linear regression model. The beta coefficients are negative for size with ROA indicating that the increase in fixed expenses for assets leads to lower return on assets.58 0. Earnings per share is the dependent variable while. lower would be the return on assets. The model is: EPS = β0 + β 1STDRit + β 2LTDRit + β 3TDRit + β 4SIZEit +β5CRit +Error Models 1 2 3 4 5 Intercept 7. lower would be the return on assets.156 (-2. The result of regressions shows that the coefficient of beta is insignificant and does not explain variation of return on assets. It also revealed that higher the long term debt to total assets ratio. (2012).321 21.013 (-0.52 (-1. This finding is consistent with the finding of Boahene et al.41 CR 0.281 (0. (2012) and Ebaid (2009).036 1.25 (7. long term debt ratio.26) -2. The table indicates that beta coefficients are negative for total debt to total assets ratio.80) -0.14) -0.41 0.77 0.044 25.242 (3.25 2.724 (1.652 Notes 1.003 26.71) 5.76 1.02) 2.651 0. long term debt to total assets ratio and short term debt to total asset ratio which reveals that higher the total debt to total asset ratio. Figures in parenthesis are t-values.36 0. higher would be the return on assets.12 (-0. higher the short term debt to total assets.26) 5.(1.24 (-6.19 (1.4 (1.20 3.91 6.31) -0. LTDR. total debt ratio.847)* .83) 4.255 (-0.017 1.45 (-2.029 1. size.008 (-0.14) -2. and growth are the independent variables. lower would be the return on assets.91) (1.33 (-1.75 0.77) 0.018 26. This finding is consistent with the finding of Ebaid (2009) but the finding is inconsistent with the finding of Saeed and Badar (2013). Likewise.73 2. 3.74) -52.74) -0.536) 5.42) -2.

62)* -1. This finding is consistent with the finding of Khanam et al.069) 3. The regression results are presented in table 6.257 (2. lower would be the earning per share.42 (-1.38 5. It reveals that higher the total debt to total assets ratio. 2.99 (7.25 21. 3. The beta coefficients for size and credit risk are only significant at 5 percent level of significance.65 (6.95)* 0.26 21.56 9.08)* -1.80)* 32. This finding is consistent with the finding of Saeed et al. However.97)* -0.11 1.035 25. The model is: NIM = β0 +β1STDRit + β 2LTDRit + β 3TDRit + β 4SIZEit +β5CRit +Error Models Intercept 1 5.12 (7. The regression of bank specific variable and capital structure variable on performance has been analyzed by defining bank performance in terms of net interest margin.28) -0.88 3.88 0. Net interest margin is the dependent variable while.507) Regression Coefficients of NIM TDR LTD STDR Size -0.18 0. long term debt ratio.96 (1. Likewise. These finding follows the pecking order hypothesis (Myers.46 (2. It also shows that higher the credit risk higher would be the earning per share.40 0. total debt ratio.13 (7.99 CR .36) 8.94 (7. 1984).29 (0.246 (1.52 (6. Figures in parenthesis are t-values. Dependent variable is earnings per share. *.007 1.411 (-1. This finding is consistent with the finding of Zhou and Wong (2008).81) 85. This finding is consistent with the finding of Saeed et al.90 (1.77) 7 8 9 10 11 12 -1. lower would be the earning per share.304 25.363) 0.81 0. (2013). The result indicates that bigger the size of the company higher would be the earning per share.062 25.40 (6.50 13.42) -1. (2014) but the finding is inconsistent with the finding of Aburub (2012).43 (2.156 (-0.37) 88.59 (-2. The table indicates that beta coefficients are negative for total debt to total asset ratio.412) Adj R2 SEE F 0. Similarly. Correlation is significant at the 0. long term debt to total asset ratio and short term debt to total assets.57)* 12.48 13. lower would be the earning per share.56 25.21 (-0.63 (-2. Table 6: Regression result of TDR.58 Notes 1.75) 76.08)* -0.52 (1.99) -1.31) 0. SIZE and CR on net interest margin The results are based on panel data of 19 commercial banks with 133 observations for the period of 2008 to 2014 by using linear regression model.34 0. (2013).48 9.25 15.05 level (2-tailed). The finding is consistent with the finding of Zeitun and Tian (2007). size. and growth are the independent variables.84 0.35)* 0. STDR.6 9. the beta coefficients positive for size and credit risk.43 (4.66) -0.19) 86. higher the long term debt to total asset ratio.73) 7.505) -0.3 20.56 (3. LTDR. short term debt ratio. higher the short term debt to total assets.76 (6.183 (-0.92) 31.024 (-1.

25)* 0.03 14. This finding is consistent with the finding of Ebaid (2009). 2.002 (-0.023) -0.97 11.153 1.007 0.62 0. *Correlation is significant at the 0.022 (-0.97) -0.301 Notes 1.17)* 0.33)* 0.019 (4. lower would be the net interest margin.17 1.023 (-1.11 1.365) -10.01 15.83 (-3.215 (8. Likewise.86)* 0.23 0.61 0.90 9. Summary and conclusion Sound financial health of a bank is the guarantee not only to its depositors but is equally significant for the shareholders.106 0.047 0.017 (-0. (2013).251 (4.86) -0.08) 5. This finding is consistent with the finding of Saeed et al.29)* 0.168 1.984)* -0.070 -14. However.497) 5.32) 0.31 0.018 (4.11 1.014 (-1.01 15. 3. 4.84 0.019 (-1.47) -13.2 4. This finding is consistent with the finding of Zhou and Wong (2008).312)* 0.16 1. Similarly. higher the short term debt to total assets. lower would be the net interest margin. The table indicates that beta coefficients are negative for total debt to total asset ratio.52) -0.013 (3.6 (3.794 (5. Dependent variable is net interest margin.01 14. 1984).001 1. The finding is consistent with the finding of Zeitun and Tian (2007).44) 15.68) 2. It also shows that higher the credit risk higher would be the net interest margin. Lack of proper and prompt understanding about the capital structure factors and its effect on the financial performance of commercial banks can lead to bank failure which can be a significant cause of economic degradation. higher the long term debt to total asset ratio.235 0. The result indicates that bigger the size of the company higher would be the net interest margin. It reveals that higher the total debt to total assets ratio. long term debt to total asset ratio and short term debt to total assets.64) 0.342) 3.774 (19.84 (4.020 (5.01 10. The beta coefficients for size and credit risk are only significant at 5 percent level of significance. lower would be the net interest margin.83) 5.99 (-4.91 (4.02 17.05 level (2-tailed).186) 0.176 1.02 13.008 (-0. Figures in parenthesis are t-values.214 (1.02 (5.65 0.38)* 0.986)* -0. These finding follows the pecking order hypothesis (Myers.178 1.026 (-1.52)* 0. the beta coefficients positive for size and credit risk.451 (6.86 (5.171 1.469) -0.81 (5.86) -13. . employees and whole economy as well. This finding is consistent with the finding of Taani (2013).011 (-1.543 (3.001 1.984) -0.57 (-3.628) -0.79 (5.22 0.34 0. The capital mix should be managed in optimum level so that the performance can be high.82 (-2.53) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 -0.

the study also concludes that size and credit risk are the major influencing factor for the bank performance. . On the other hand regression coefficients for size and credit risk are positive and significant at 5 percent level of significance whereas total debt to total assets ratio. 1984). Size and CR on performance of commercial banks of Nepal. The results indicate that Nepalese banks prefer pecking order hypothesis (Myers. 1984). The results indicate that Nepalese banks prefer pecking order hypothesis (Myers. It specifically assesses bank specific and capital structure factors affecting performance of Nepalese commercial banks of Nepal. Thus. The study is based on pooled cross sectional analysis of secondary data of 19 banks with 133 observations for the period 2007/08 to 20013/14. It determines the effect of TDR. this study concludes that capital structure has no significant influence on corporate performance. The finding for earnings per share shows that regression coefficients for total debt to total assets ratio.The major purpose of this study is to find out the effect of capital structure on firm performance. long term debt to total assets ratio and short term debt to total assets ratio are not significant in explaining the earning per share. Thus. This indicates that when there is high portion of debt in capital mix then the performance of banks decreases. long term debt to total assets ratio and short term debt to total assets ratio are negative. long term debt to total assets ratio and short term debt to total assets ratio are negative. The results for net interest margin revealed that regression coefficients for total debt to total assets ratio. 1984). long term debt to total assets ratio and short term debt to total assets ratio are negative with return on assets. The beta coefficients for size and credit risk were significant at 5 percent level of significance. The results shows that beta coefficients for total debt to total assets ratio. LTDR. The results indicate that Nepalese banks prefer pecking order hypothesis (Myers. STDR.

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