Large Italian firms in financial distress are admitted to the business rescue procedure called “Extraordinary Administration” with a view to preserving the business as a going concern when two objective requirements are met: at least two hundred employees and debts not less than two-thirds both of total assets and revenues. This study examines whether these selection criteria are adequate to identify large firms in terms of value creation. The analysis is motivated by the idea that social utility in the rescue of large firms should not be justified only by the number of employees, but also by the worth of the goods and services created by the firms. The sample is made up of 1,581 Italian manufacturing firms and four subsamples were analyzed for the three year period 2015-2017 using a set of logistic regression models. Research findings show that highly leveraged firms eligible to go into “Extraordinary Administration” do not select large firms as measured by proxy variables that take into account value creation, such as total assets and/or revenues. On the other hand, hypothetical alternative selection criteria based on total assets and revenues identify large firms in terms of value creation but no statistical evidence was found to show how these firms are leveraged.

“Extraordinary administration” for business rescue in Italy: admission requirements and value creation / Santosuosso, P.. - In: WSEAS TRANSACTIONS ON BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS. - ISSN 1109-9526. - 18(2021), pp. 367-375. [10.37394/23207.2021.18.37]

“Extraordinary administration” for business rescue in Italy: admission requirements and value creation

Santosuosso P.
2021

Abstract

Large Italian firms in financial distress are admitted to the business rescue procedure called “Extraordinary Administration” with a view to preserving the business as a going concern when two objective requirements are met: at least two hundred employees and debts not less than two-thirds both of total assets and revenues. This study examines whether these selection criteria are adequate to identify large firms in terms of value creation. The analysis is motivated by the idea that social utility in the rescue of large firms should not be justified only by the number of employees, but also by the worth of the goods and services created by the firms. The sample is made up of 1,581 Italian manufacturing firms and four subsamples were analyzed for the three year period 2015-2017 using a set of logistic regression models. Research findings show that highly leveraged firms eligible to go into “Extraordinary Administration” do not select large firms as measured by proxy variables that take into account value creation, such as total assets and/or revenues. On the other hand, hypothetical alternative selection criteria based on total assets and revenues identify large firms in terms of value creation but no statistical evidence was found to show how these firms are leveraged.
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