Securitization Without Adverse Selection: The Case of Clos

46 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2011 Last revised: 9 Feb 2011

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Efraim Benmelech

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jennifer Dlugosz

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School

Victoria Ivashina

Harvard University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: February 2011

Abstract

For nearly a decade prior to the collapse of structured finance markets in late 2007, securitization by collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) was a key source of capital for the high-yield corporate loan market. In this paper, we investigate whether securitization was associated with risky lending in the corporate loan market by examining the performance of individual loans held by CLOs. We employ two different datasets that identify loan holdings for a large set of CLOs and find that adverse selection problems in corporate loan securitizations are less severe than commonly believed. Controlling for borrowers' credit quality, securitized loans perform no worse, and under some criteria even better, than unsecuritized loans of comparable credit quality. However, within a CLO portfolio, loans originated by the bank that acts as the CLO underwriter underperform the rest of the loan portfolio. Overall, we argue that the securitization of corporate loans is fundamentally different from securitization of other assets classes because securitized loans are fractions of syndicated loans. Therefore, mechanisms used to align incentives in a lending syndicate also reduce adverse selection in the choice of CLO collateral.

Suggested Citation

Benmelech, Efraim and Dlugosz, Jennifer and Ivashina, Victoria, Securitization Without Adverse Selection: The Case of Clos (February 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w16766. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1754917

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Jennifer Dlugosz

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Victoria Ivashina

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