The Impact of Capital Structure on the Profitability of Microfinance Institutions

Afsheen Abrar*, Atitya Y. Javid

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The study focuses on the sources of funding and the relative profitability
derived by the microfinance organizations. The study considers three
variables, which relate to the profitability (a dependent factor): return-onassets
(ROA), operational-self-sufficiency (OSS), and return-on-equity (ROE).
The independent factor (financial sources), on the other hand, employs:
deposit-to-asset, net-deposits, and lastly debt-to-equity ratio. Moreover, the
control variables specified in this study are that of women borrowers, size
regulations, and age. The study utilizes cross-sectional (unbalanced) panel
data (2004-10) from about seventy countries around the world, covering up to
six regions globally. To bring forth estimations for the models used, the
random-effect-model has been employed. The results indicated that deposits
enhance the levels of debt in ones’ capital-structuring, thereby complementing
the firm’s overall profitability. Whereas, increased amounts of operating costs
and relative risks juts down the profitability. As with the variables of control,
the t-test leads us to the conclusion that micro-financiers with more women
borrowers enjoy a significantly higher profitability, perhaps due to less
default-risk brought about by the regular loan repayments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-37
JournalSouth Asian Journal of Management Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Return on equity
  • Return on assets
  • Operational self sufficiency (OSS)
  • Portfolio at risk
  • Micro-finance institutions


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