Asset Redeployability, Liquidation Value, and Endogenous Capital Structure Heterogeneity
78 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2017 Last revised: 27 Oct 2018
Date Written: October 25, 2018
Firms with lower leverage are not only less likely to experience financial distress but are also better positioned to acquire assets from other distressed firms. With endogenous asset sales and values, each firm’s debt choice then depends on the choices of its industry peers. With indivisible assets, otherwise identical firms may adopt different debt policies — some choosing highly levered operations (e.g., to take advantage of tax benefits), others choosing more conservative policies to wait for acquisition opportunities. Our key empirical implication is that the acquisition channel can induce firms to reduce debt when assets become more redeployable.
Keywords: Debt, Distress, Fire Sales, Redployability, Heterogeneity Endogenous Pricing
JEL Classification: G32, G33
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