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Title: Why do agricultural credit cooperatives merge? The portuguese experience
Authors: Cabo, Paula
Rebelo, João
Keywords: Credit cooperatives
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Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Cabo, Paula; Rebelo, João (2005) - Why do agricultural credit cooperatives merge? The portuguese experience. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics. ISSN 1370-4788. 76:3, p. 491–516
Abstract: Over the last decade, increasing financial problems in the Portuguese Agricultural Credit Cooperatives (ACCs), mainly difficulty in gathering equity, have forced them to pursue an intensivemerger activity. This paper describes the economic reasons that have led the ACCs to merge, and analyses the ex post merger impact on their economic performance. The results show that: (a) incorporating ACCs are larger, more profitable and hold a better credit management; (b) incorporated ACCs are smaller, face difficulties in reaching a minimum efficient scale and have weaker credit management as well as leverage problems; and (c) merged ACCs have a heavy administrative cost structure and also face profitability problems. Regarding the mergers’ ex post impact on the ACCs performance, we find no positive influence on cost reduction, credit management and solvency ratio.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 1370-4788
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