Debt covenant violation, competition and cost of new debt

Published on 2018-11-28T12:00:00Z (GMT) by
<div><p>This article empirically shows that the cost of new debt is higher for firms that commit covenant violations. Using a proxy for product market competition to capture exogenous changes to a firm’s competitive environment, I find that the cost is systematically higher for firms that operate in competitive markets. Moreover, I identify channels through which violations can increase the cost of new debt, namely, the <i>incidence, timing</i> and <i>frequency effects</i>, and I document these effects to be more acute for competitive markets. Overall, the study finds that the market prices financial contracts by taking into account the information content of the violation and the risk arising from market competition.</p><p>JEL Classification: <b>G12, G30</b></p></div>

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Butt, Umar (2018): Debt covenant violation, competition and cost of new debt. SAGE Journals. Collection.