The Sensitivity of Investment to Cash Flow: An Explanation Based on the Growth-Type-Aligned Financing Hierarchy
53 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 17, 2016
We find the investment-cash-flow-sensitivity (ICFS) decreases with a firm’s asymmetric informational imperfection about growth (AI), a variable highly persistent over time. Firms with distinctly initial AI have distinct future investment styles and financing patterns. Higher initial AI predicts an investment style with more R&D intensity and a financing pattern with more equity than debt. Types of asymmetric information (about growth vs. assets-in-place) affect external finance so that growth uncertainty appears to facilitate rather than suppress equity financing. These findings are consistent with a growth-type explanation for ICFS and do not support the proposition that informational imperfection generally imposes financial constraints.
Keywords: Investment, Growth type, Informational imperfection, Agency Conflict, Financing Hierarchy, Financial constraint
JEL Classification: G30, G31, G32, D92
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