Online Appendix - Financial Distress, Stock Returns, and the 1978 Bankruptcy Reform Act
3 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2014
Date Written: October 31, 2014
We study the effect of weakening creditor rights on distress risk premia via a bankruptcy reform that shifts bargaining power in financial distress toward shareholders. We find that the reform reduces risk factor loadings and returns of distressed stocks. The effect is stronger for firms with lower firm-level shareholder bargaining power. An increase in credit spreads of riskier relative to safer firms, in particular for firms with lower firm-level shareholder bargaining power, confirms a shift in bargaining power from bondholders to shareholders. Out-of-sample tests reveal that a reversal of the reform's effects leads to a reversal of factor loadings and returns.
The paper "Financial Distress, Stock Returns, and the 1978 Bankruptcy Reform Act" to which these Appendices apply is available at the following URL: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1787627
Keywords: Financial distress, law and finance, shareholder recovery, stock returns
JEL Classification: G12, G14, G33, K39
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