SHAREHOLDERS’ DIVIDEND PREFERENCE IN THE NIGERIAN CAPITAL MARKET

Authors

  • Aishat Salawudeen Faculty of Management Sciences University of Abuja, Nigeria
  • Muhammad Aminu Isa Faculty of Social and Management Sciences Bayero University Kano, Nigeria
  • Kabiru Isa Dandago Faculty of Social and Management Sciences Bayero University Kano, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32890/ijms2022.29.2.3

Keywords:

cash dividend, capital gains, dividend policy, shareholders’ preference, snowball sampling method

Abstract

Aside from the fact that no legislation requires, as we believe, that management has a distinct fiduciary commitment to shareholders, no act prioritizes the shareholder. The management’s fiduciary duty is solely to the corporation. Investors, on the other hand, have a votive claim to the corporation’s residual value once all other obligations have been met. The aim of this survey was to empirically investigate the dividend preference of shareholders in the Nigerian capital market with specific reference to listed manufacturing firms in Nigeria. The study used the design of an investigation using questionnaires and interviews. The target population was 500 shareholders selected based on stratified random sampling out of 682,100 shareholders that is 0.07 percent of the total population. The snowball sampling technique was used to recruit potential respondents from among the shareholders’ acquaintances. The study used a final sample size of 300 respondents from the shareholders. The validity and reliability of the instrument were tested using factor analysis and a Cronbach’s alpha coefficient of 0.72 was obtained. The mean ranking showed that shareholders do have significant dividend preferences which favor cash dividends and support a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush explanation.
Given that in practice, shareholders prefer companies with stable and predictable dividend payments, this study could be used to correct and predict the direction of a company’s dividend payments and that the stability of dividend payments change over time.

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Author Biographies

Muhammad Aminu Isa, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences Bayero University Kano, Nigeria

Professor Muhammad Aminu Isa (Ph.D. in Accounting) is a Professor in the Department of Accounting, Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria. He served as an International Scholar at the University Utara Malaysia from 2013 to 2014. He has published a number of research works in local and international journals and presented papers at international and local conferences. Professor Isa has a developing research interest in the area of corporate governance, a quantitative approach to management, sustainability reporting, and income strategy.

Kabiru Isa Dandago, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences Bayero University Kano, Nigeria

Professor Kabiru Isa Dandago (Ph.D. in Accounting), FCA, FCTI, FNAA, FFRA, FNIM, MNES, AQIF a Professor in the Department of Accounting, Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria. He has published a number of research works in local and international journals and presented papers at international and local conferences. Professor Dandago has a developing research interest in the area of financial accounting reporting, taxation, sustainability reporting, and income strategy.

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Published

25-07-2022

How to Cite

Salawudeen, A., Isa, M. A. ., & Dandago, K. I. . (2022). SHAREHOLDERS’ DIVIDEND PREFERENCE IN THE NIGERIAN CAPITAL MARKET. International Journal of Management Studies, 29(2), 45–70. https://doi.org/10.32890/ijms2022.29.2.3