Empirical Analysis of Corporate Credit Lines

Posted: 24 Nov 2009

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Gabriel Jiménez

Banco de España

Jose A. Lopez

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Jesús Saurina

Bank of Spain

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Date Written: December 2009


Since bank credit lines are a major source of corporate funding, we examine the determinants of their usage with a comprehensive database of Spanish corporate credit lines. A line's default status is a key factor driving its usage, which increases as firm financial conditions worsen. Firms with prior defaults access their credit lines less, suggesting that bank monitoring influences firms’ usage decisions. Line usage has an aging effect that causes it to decrease by roughly 10% per year of its life. Lender characteristics, such as the length of a firm's banking relationships, as well as macroeconomic conditions, affect usage decisions.

Keywords: E32, G18, M21

Suggested Citation

Jimenez, Gabriel and Lopez, Jose Antonio and Saurina, Jesús, Empirical Analysis of Corporate Credit Lines (December 2009). The Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 22, Issue 12, pp. 5069-5098, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1509900 or http://dx.doi.org/hhp061

Gabriel Jimenez (Contact Author)

Banco de España ( email )

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Jose Antonio Lopez

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco ( email )

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Jesús Saurina

Bank of Spain

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