Project Finance Collateralized Debt Obligations: An Empirical Analysis on Spread Determinants
35 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2010
Date Written: January 8, 2010
We find that credit rating is the most important variable in determining tranche spread at issue on Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) issues backed by project finance (PF) loans. Factors that are important for pricing in the case of corporate bonds, such as market liquidity and weighted average maturity, are also relevant for determining spreads on these securities. Furthermore, the nature of the underlying assets has a substantial impact on CDO pricing: primary market spread is significantly higher when the underlying PF loans bear a higher level of market risk and when the proportion of projects still under construction in the securitized portfolio is larger.
Keywords: Collateralized Debt Obligations, Project Finance
JEL Classification: G12, G15
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