Valuation of Defaultable Bonds and Debt Restructuring

22 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2002 Last revised: 14 May 2015

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Date Written: July 1, 2006


In this paper we develop a contingent valuation model for zero-coupon bonds with default. In order to emphasize the role of maturity time and place of the lender's claim in a firm's debt hierarchy, we consider a firm that issues two bonds with different maturities and different seniorage. The model allows us to analyze the implications of both debt renegotiation and capital structure of a firm on the prices of bonds. We obtain that renegotiation brings about a significant change in the bond prices and that the effect is dispersed through various channels: increasing the value of the firm, reallocating payments, and avoiding costly liquidation. Moreover, the presence of two creditors leads to qualitatively different implications for pricing, while emphasizing the importance of bond covenants and renegotiation of the entire debt.

Keywords: Debt valuation, Defaultable bonds, Strategic contingent claim analysis, Modigliani-Miller theorem

JEL Classification: G13, G32, G33

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Dumitrescu, Ariadna, Valuation of Defaultable Bonds and Debt Restructuring (July 1, 2006). Available at SSRN: or

Ariadna Dumitrescu (Contact Author)

ESADE Business School ( email )

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