Value of Debt Tax Shields in Colombia: An Empirical Study
28 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2011 Last revised: 16 Sep 2020
Date Written: July 28, 2011
The Spanish version of this paper can be found http://ssrn.com/abstract=1899685
This paper estimates the value of tax shields, using the discounted cash flow method for 23 major non financial firms listed in the Bolsa de Valores de Colombia (Colombian Stock Exchange) between 2001 and 2010. Our results show that on average this value represents between 7.6% and 9.3% of firm value, depending on which discount rate is used for tax shields. It also finds that firms’ average leverage is low relative to other countries. Using Data Panel regressions, no conclusive evidence was found on whether or not debt created value for the sampled firms within that timespan.
Keywords: Debt Tax Shields, Discount Rates, Firm Value, Leverage, Colombia
JEL Classification: G12, G32, M21, M41
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