Corporate governance, ownership structure, and credit ratings of hospitality firms

Mehmet Altin, University of Central Florida
Murat Kizildag, University of Central Florida
Ozgur Ozdemir


This study examines interrelated connections of corporate governance, ownership structure, and credit ratings. From the agency relationship perspective, the study analyzes this multiple association by accounting for firm-specific and ownership characteristics for the period between 1990 and 2007. In this context, logistic functions are used in regression models to predict the probable outcomes of these multiple relationships. Primary findings of this study revealed that hospitality firms with higher anti-takeover provisions (less shareholder power) enjoy higher credit ratings. Findings also revealed high coefficients of Gompers, Ishii, and Metrick (2003) index (the GIM index), suggesting that hospitality firms have strong governance provisions, reduced agency conflicts, and higher chances of getting better credit ratings.