Financing Asset Sales and Business Cycles

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Marc Arnold

University of St. Gallen - School of Finance

Dirk Hackbarth

Boston University - Department of Finance & Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Tatjana Xenia Puhan

University of Mannheim - Department of International Finance; Swiss Life Asset Managers

Date Written: July 18, 2017

Abstract

Using a dynamic model of financing, investment, and macroeconomic risk, we investigate when firms sell assets to fund investments (financing asset sales) across the business cycle. Equity financed investment transfers wealth from equity to debt because asset volatility declines and earnings increase when firms invest. Financing asset sales reduce asset collateral and, hence, transfer wealth back from debt to equity. Exploring the dynamics of the heretofore overlooked “asset sale versus external equity” financing margin across business cycles helps explain novel stylized facts about asset sales and their business cycle patterns that cannot be rationalized by traditional motives for selling assets.

Online appendix is available at: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3003964

Keywords: Asset Sales, Wealth Transfer Problem, Leverage, Business Cycles, Real Options

JEL Classification: D92, E32, E44, G12, G32, G33

Suggested Citation

Arnold, Marc and Hackbarth, Dirk and Puhan, Tatjana Xenia, Financing Asset Sales and Business Cycles (July 18, 2017). Review of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2356377 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2356377

Marc Arnold (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen - School of Finance ( email )

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Dirk Hackbarth

Boston University - Department of Finance & Economics ( email )

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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

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Belgium

Tatjana Xenia Puhan

University of Mannheim - Department of International Finance ( email )

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Mannheim, 68131
Germany

Swiss Life Asset Managers ( email )

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Switzerland

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