Risk Sharing Supplier Relationships and Investment Financing Decisions
51 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2012 Last revised: 29 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 1, 2019
This paper investigates the effects of risk sharing supplier relationships on the profitability and cost of capital of a new investment project. We compare the three possibilities of not investing in the project, bearing the project risk alone and sharing the risk with a supplier. We find that firms enter risk sharing contracts with a supplier if there is a mismatch between the capital available and the capital needed for financing a new investment opportunity. A low leverage ratio on the supplier's side abets the profitability of risk sharing - making a low debt ratio a competitive advantage for the supplier. Moreover, we show that the equity cost of capital for the project can decrease especially for high risk and highly pro table projects.
Keywords: supplier relationships, risk sharing contract, investment financing, cost of capital, optimal capital structure
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