Liquidity Management and Industry Interactions: Evidence from Debt Maturity Choices
Daniel R. Carvalho
University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business - Finance and Business Economics Department
USC Marshall School of Business
December 15, 2012
Marshall School of Business Working Paper No. FBE 02.13
This paper studies the debt maturity decisions of firms and provides evidence suggesting that firms in an industry manage their liquidity in an interdependent way. We find that higher industry cash flow volatility is associated with a smaller likelihood that firms have their long-term debt largely maturing at the same time as their industry peers. We provide evidence that this captures how firms time their debt maturity, as opposed to systematic differences in debt maturity structure. This effect is only important when peers’ debt level is significant, in industries with both specialized assets and greater competition, and is robust to identification based on cash flow correlations within an industry. Overall, our analysis suggests that, while choosing financial policies in an important set of industries, firms attempt to have greater liquidity in states of the world where industry peers are financially weaker.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 54
Keywords: Liquidity Management, Industry Interactions, Debt Maturity, Interdependence
JEL Classification: G30, G32, G33
Date posted: December 3, 2012 ; Last revised: April 24, 2013
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