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Firm Internationalization and the Cost of Debt Financing: Evidence from Non-Provisional Publicly Traded Debt


David M. Reeb


National University of Singapore

Sattar Mansi


Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

John G. Allee


American University - Kogod School of Business


Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, September 2001

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Recent research suggests that firm internationalization is associated with greater exchange rate risk and a higher cost of equity capital. However, there is no research on the relation between the level of firm international activity and the cost of debt financing. This study offers the first such empirical evidence using non-provisional public debt. Based on a sample of 2,194 U.S. firm-year observations, we find that firms with greater levels of international activity have better credit ratings. We also find that the cost of debt financing is inversely related to the degree of firm internationalization beyond that incorporated in credit ratings. These results suggest that rating agencies do not fully incorporate firm international activity in their analysis resulting in a downward bias in credit ratings for international firms. In aggregate, the results imply that failing to incorporate firm international activity in debt pricing leads to potential omitted variable problems.

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Date posted: June 27, 2001 ; Last revised: April 21, 2014

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Reeb, David M. and Mansi, Sattar and Allee, John G., Firm Internationalization and the Cost of Debt Financing: Evidence from Non-Provisional Publicly Traded Debt. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, September 2001. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=272292 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.272292

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David M. Reeb (Contact Author)
National University of Singapore ( email )
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Sattar Mansi
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University ( email )
John G. Allee
American University - Kogod School of Business ( email )
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Washington, DC 20816-8044
United States
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