Bulletin – December 2010 The Financial Position of Australian Unlisted Businesses Abstract

Using a variety of information sources, the financial position of unlisted firms in recent years is examined and compared with that of the broader business sector. Despite some downward pressure on profits in 2009, ongoing profitability of firms in the unlisted sector has provided a flow of internal funds that has helped the sector to reduce gearing. Among other similarities, median gearing of unlisted businesses appears to be broadly comparable to that of listed firms.

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