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Journal of Management Research and Analysis


UNDERSTANDING THE WORKING CAPITAL FINANCING STRATEGY (A CASE STUDY OF LUPIN LIMITED)


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Author Details: Dr. Ashok Kumar Panigrahi

Volume : 1

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2394-2770

Print ISSN : 2394-2762

Article First Page : 100

Article End Page : 112


Abstract

Working capital management as a financial strategy has its effects on liquidity as well as profitability of the firm. The present study investigates the relationship among the aggressive/conservative working capital policies and profitability of Lupin Limited for the period of 2010-2014. The effect of different variables of working capital management including current ratio and collection days on profitability was used for analysis. The study shows that there is a positive correlation between liquidity and profitability of the firm. It indicates that the investment in current assets lies in such a specified domain that increase in liquidity leads to an increase in profitability and vice-versa. The relationship between cash conversion cycle and ROCE indicate positive but insignificant relationship. Thus, the management may increase its investment in current assets up to that point of liquidity-profitability frontier where the curve changes its curvature from zero to negative because after that point the relationship between liquidity and profitability would become negative which is not desirable. The study investigated the relationship between the aggressive/conservative working capital policies of Lupin Ltd. We found a positive relationship between the profitability measures of the company and degree of conservativeness of working capital investment and financing policies. The company yields a positive return if it follows a conservative working capital policy i.e. with more short-term funds.

Key words: Working capital, current assets, liquidity, profitability. JEL Classification: G30, G32