Did Securitization Affect the Cost of Corporate Debt?

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Taylor Nadauld

Brigham Young University

Michael S. Weisbach

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: March 2011

Abstract

This paper investigates whether the securitization of corporate bank loans had an impact on the price of corporate debt. Our results suggest that loan facilities that are subsequently securitized are associated with a 15 basis point lower spread than that of loans that are not subsequently securitized. To identify the particular role of securitization in loan pricing, we employ a difference in differences approach and consider loan characteristics that are associated with the likelihood of securitization. We document that Term Loan B facilities, facilities originated by banks that originate CLOs, and loans of B-Rated firms are securitized more frequently than other loans. Spreads on facilities estimated to be more likely to be subsequently securitized have lower spreads than otherwise similar facilities. The results are consistent with the view that securitization caused a reduction in the cost of capital.

Suggested Citation

Nadauld, Taylor and Weisbach, Michael S., Did Securitization Affect the Cost of Corporate Debt? (March 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w16849. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1776784

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