Level of Financial Performance of Selected Construction Companies in South Africa

Emmanuel Dele Omopariola, Abimbola Windapo, David John Edwards, Hatem El-Gohary

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Purpose—There is no consensus on the indicators that assess a construction company’s financial performance projects undertaken. There is also a dearth of concepts on the financial performance indicators for construction companies in South Africa and indeed, the wider continent of Africa. This paper proposes novel financial performance indicators for assessing construction organizations and tests these on selected construction companies in the South African construction industry. Design/methodology/approach—This research employed a pragmatic approach. Contractors with financial credibility and capacity of ≥R 40 million, annual turnover of ≥R 20 million, and available capital of ≥R 40 million were purposively selected for this study. Parameters such as total revenue, direct cost of work, total indirect cost and total income were elicited from the sample contractors to assess their financial performance. The assessment was undertaken using formulas that were formulated based on the descriptions provided under the research methodology. Further analysis was conducted using post hoc Tukey’s honest significant difference (HSD). Findings—The study finds that construction companies with a strong structure, multiple areas of specialization, creative and efficient staff members, and access to funding, have a greater chance of experiencing higher: income; positive leverage; positive liquidity; and positive cash flow. Moreover, companies with specialization in civil engineering construction and project management skills experienced higher positive liquidity and profitability. Originality/value—This research is unique through its investigation and formulation of indicators for assessing the financial performance of construction companies. This research is consequently representing the first attempt to analyze financial data using the approaches prescribed and adopted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number518
JournalJournal of Risk and Financial Management
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • company size
  • construction organization
  • financial performance indicators
  • project management
  • time frame

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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