Is What's Bad for the Goose (Tenant), Bad for the Gander (Landlord)? A Retail Real Estate Perspective

34 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2014

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Crocker Herbert Liu

Cornell University - School of Hotel Administration

Peng Liu

Cornell University - S.C. Johnson College of Business - School of Hotel Administration

Date Written: January 13, 2014

Abstract

We explore the economic dependence and financial market feedback effects among firms with economic linkages, notably landlord-tenant when shocks occur to the system. In particular, we examine 157 major tenant bankruptcy announcements of retail real estate firms over the 2000 to 2010 period. The contracting mechanism associated with retail leases provides several unique features such as percentage rents and co-tenancy clauses that are absent in other type of leases. We find that in a good economy, a tenant bankruptcy has a less negative or more positive effect on a landlord’s stock return, which is consistent with the growth option hypothesis. We also find that landlords who have properties located in markets with a highly diversified economic base are more likely to exercise the growth option given a tenant departure and thus realize higher stock returns.

Keywords: bankruptcy announcement, bankruptcy, retail lease, growth option

Suggested Citation

Liu, Crocker Herbert and Liu, Peng, Is What's Bad for the Goose (Tenant), Bad for the Gander (Landlord)? A Retail Real Estate Perspective (January 13, 2014). Journal of Real Estate Research, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2378372

Crocker Herbert Liu (Contact Author)

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Peng Liu

Cornell University - S.C. Johnson College of Business - School of Hotel Administration ( email )

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Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
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