Corporate Borrowing and Debt Maturity: The Effects of Market Access and Crises

59 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2016 Last revised: 24 Aug 2018

Date Written: September 8, 2016

Abstract

This paper studies how access to different markets and crises impact debt financing and maturity. Using data on worldwide corporate issuance activity in domestic and international bond and syndicated loan markets during 1991-2014, the paper shows that these markets are affected differently by crises, while providing financing to different firms at distinct maturities. During the global financial crisis and domestic banking crises, large firms moved away from the crisis-hit markets toward less affected, longer-term ones, switching their financing sources. Hence, firms that switched markets compensated for the financing shocks and maintained, or increased, their borrowing maturity. Country-level maturities also remained stable or even lengthened. However, firms that did not move across markets typically experienced declining financing and shorter borrowing maturities. Firm movements across markets are consistent with credit tightening during crises due to supply-side shocks, significantly affecting debt composition, borrowing maturity, and credit redistribution across firms of different sizes.

Keywords: Financial Regulation & Supervision, Financial Sector Policy, Securities Markets Policy & Regulation, Capital Markets and Capital Flows, Capital Flows, Consumption, Fiscal & Monetary Policy, International Trade and Trade Rules

Suggested Citation

Cortina Lorente, Juan Jose and Didier, Tatiana and Schmukler, Sergio and Didier Brandao, Tatiana, Corporate Borrowing and Debt Maturity: The Effects of Market Access and Crises (September 8, 2016). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7815. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2849115

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