Does debt market timing increase firm value?

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Survey evidence indicates that firm managers try to time debt markets when choosing the maturity of new debt issues, but we do not know whether these strategies increase firm value. This research examines differences in value across nontimers and timers, where timers are defined as firms that follow either a naive strategy of choosing long-term debt when the term premium is low or a strategy from Baker et al. (2003) based on the predictability of future excess bond returns. After controlling for various determinants of firm value, the research finds no differences in value across timers and nontimers. It also documents that the timing strategies do not increase firm value and do not affect announcement effects of long-term debt offerings. The results suggest that corporate debt markets are efficient and well integrated with equity markets.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Business Administration, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, 110-745, South Korea

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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