A Simple Approach to Estimate Recovery Rates with Apr Violation from Debt Spreads

Wharton Financial Institutions Center Working Paper No. 01-07

Posted: 14 May 2001

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Haluk Unal

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business

Levent Guntay

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Dilip B. Madan

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business

Date Written: February 2001

Abstract

This paper proposes a simple approach to estimate the implied recovery rates embedded in the prices of the debt securities of a firm that differ in priority at time of default. The approach allows for a complex capital structure setting assuming that the absolute priority rule (APR) can be violated. The paper demonstrates that a new statistic, the adjusted relative spread, captures recovery information in debt prices. Model implied recovery rates from corporate bond prices are observed to be consistent with the findings of Altman and Kishore (1996). Interest rates and firm tangible assets are shown to be significant determinants of recovery rates.

JEL Classification: G12

Suggested Citation

Unal, Haluk and Guntay, Levent and Madan, Dilip B., A Simple Approach to Estimate Recovery Rates with Apr Violation from Debt Spreads (February 2001). Wharton Financial Institutions Center Working Paper No. 01-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=267769

Haluk Unal (Contact Author)

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Levent Guntay

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Dilip B. Madan

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business ( email )

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