Using a sample of Western European firms, we confirm the precautionary motive for holding cash as family-controlled firms’ desire to perpetuate the family legacy for future generations motivates them to accumulate more cash than their non-family counterparts. We also show that, given family-controlled firms’ long-term perspective, they focus on cash flow volatility rather than cash flow level. Finally, the relation between financing constraints and cash holdings is not homogeneous: financially constrained family-controlled firms hold higher levels of cash than financially constrained non-family firms. Overall, these results suggest that family firms’ cash holding policy is the result not of a specific financial outcome but rather on the strategic objectives of the firm.
|Number of pages||36|
|Journal||Journal of Business Finance and Accounting|
|State||Published - 1 Oct 2016|
- Euro zone
- cash flow volatility
- cash holding
- family firms