The Total Costs of Corporate Borrowing in the Loan Market: Don't Ignore the Fees

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Tobias Berg

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Anthony Saunders

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Sascha Steffen

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Date Written: February 10, 2016

Abstract

More than 80% of US syndicated loans contain at least one fee type and contracts typically specify a menu of spread and different types of fees. We test the predictions of existing theories about the main purposes of fees and provide supporting evidence that: (1) fees are used to price options embedded in loan contracts such as the draw-down option for credit lines and the cancellation option in term loans; and (2) fees are used to screen borrowers about the likelihood of exercising these options. We also propose a new total-cost-of-borrowing measure that includes various fees charged by lenders.

Suggested Citation

Berg, Tobias and Saunders, Anthony and Steffen, Sascha, The Total Costs of Corporate Borrowing in the Loan Market: Don't Ignore the Fees (February 10, 2016). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2760344 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2760344

Tobias Berg

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Anthony Saunders

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )

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Sascha Steffen (Contact Author)

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