Private Equity Firms’ Reputational Concerns and the Costs of Debt Financing
63 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2013 Last revised: 23 Feb 2014
Date Written: February 20, 2014
A popular view is that private equity (PE) firms tend to expropriate other stakeholders of their portfolio companies. Bonds offered during 1992-2011 by companies after their initial public offerings (IPOs) do not reflect this view. We find that yield spreads on bonds offered by PE-backed companies are on average 70 basis points lower, holding other things constant. We also find that PE-backed companies have more conservative investment and dividend policies after bond offerings compared to non-PE-backed companies. These results suggest that PE firms’ reputational concerns dominate their wealth expropriation incentives and help their portfolio companies reduce the costs of debt.
Keywords: IPOs, Buyout Groups, Private Equity, Reputation, Agency Costs, Bond Offering
JEL Classification: G32, G29
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