Corporate Cash Shortfalls and Financing Decisions
Review of Financial Studies, Forthcoming
90 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2015 Last revised: 1 Jul 2020
Date Written: June 15, 2020
Given their actual revenue and spending, most net equity issuers and an overwhelming majority of net debt issuers would face immediate cash depletion without external financing. Debt issuers tend to have short-lived cash needs while equity issuers often have persistent cash needs. On average, debt issuers immediately spend almost all of the proceeds, while equity issuers retain much of the proceeds in cash. Anticipated near-future cash needs and fixed costs of financing help explain the fraction of the proceeds being retained. Our findings support a funding-horizon theory in which cash needs and the nature of cash needs motivate financing decisions.
Keywords: Key Words: Cash Needs, Cash Holdings, External Financing, Security Issuance, SEO, PIPE, Bond Offering, Bank Loan, Financing Decision, Capital Structure, Floatation Cost, Precautionary Saving, Market Timing, Pecking Order, Corporate Lifecycle, Financial Flexibility, Static Tradeoff, Dynamic Tradeoff
JEL Classification: G32, G14
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