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Centenarian family and non-family companies. An exploratory analysis

28 aprile 2022


Few companies are able to reach 100 years of existence, and even fewer do so without losing ownership control to the founders’ families. Perhaps due to its scarcity, few quantitative data are available on this type of company. This paper analyzes, based on a sample of 120 Spanish centenary companies, the differences between family and non-family centenary companies, from a quantitative and exploratory perspective. Likewise, a comparison is made with a control sample of another 120 non-centenarian companies in order to draw conclusions. The analysis shows that there are more non-family centenary companies than family companies, although the latter obtain higher returns and have a more robust financial structure (less indebtedness and more liquidity) than the rest of the companies. Despite the limitations derived from the data used, the work contributes to the literature on business demography and on the longevity of family businesses. 

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