Corporate Debt Maturity Profiles

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Jaewon Choi

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Finance

Dirk Hackbarth

Boston University - Department of Finance & Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Josef Zechner

Vienna University of Economics and Business

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Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

We study a novel aspect of a firm's capital structure, namely the profile of its debt maturity dates. In a simple theoretical framework we show that the dispersion of debt maturities constitutes an important dimension of capital structure choice, driven by firm characteristics and debt rollover risk. Guided by these predictions we establish two main empirical results. First, using an exogenous shock to rollover risk, we document a significant increase in maturity dispersion for firms that need to roll over maturing debt. Second, we find strong support that maturities of newly issued debt are influenced by pre-existing maturity profiles.

Keywords: Capital Structure, Debt Maturity, Debt Structure

JEL Classification: G13, G31, G32, G33

Suggested Citation

Choi, Jaewon and Hackbarth, Dirk and Zechner, Josef, Corporate Debt Maturity Profiles (September 2017). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12289. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3035285

Jaewon Choi (Contact Author)

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Dirk Hackbarth

Boston University - Department of Finance & Economics ( email )

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Josef Zechner

Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

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