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How Do Firms Choose Their Lenders? An Empirical Investigation

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From: Patt Bagdon <   > 
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 12:31:00 -0800

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Abstract: This article investigates which firms borrow directly from the capital markets and which raise funds through intermediaries. Our empirical results show that large companies with abundant cash and collateral tap the credit markets directly. These markets cater to safe and profitable industries, and are most active when riskless rates or intermediary earnings are low. We show that determinants of lender selection sharpen during investment downturns and that there are substantial asymmetries in the way firms enter and exit capital markets. These results support a theoretical framework where intermediaries have better reorganizational skills but a higher cost of capital than bondholders

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