Life cycle theory and dividend payout policy: Evidence from Tehran Stock Exchange

Mohammad Hassani, Fatemeh Kazem Pour Dizaji
2013 Management Science Letters  
This paper investigates the effect of the life cycle theory on explanation of dividend payout policy in Tehran Stock exchange listed companies over the period 2006-2011. For measuring the firm's life cycle, two criteria namely retained earnings to equity ratio and retained earnings to assets ratio have been used as proxies of firm's life cycle. The findings of this research show that only retained earnings to assets ratio has a meaningful and positive effect on dividend payout policy; In the
more » ... t policy; In the companies that are growing, retained earnings to assets ratio is low; Whereas this ratio is high in the more mature companies and these firms have abundant retained earnings, hence they are good candidates to pay dividends. However, there was no meaningful relationship between another life cycle criteria namely retained earnings to equity ratio and dividend payout policy.
doi:10.5267/j.msl.2013.09.005 fatcat:pszpbbbixffxnnb2xgywizwata