Small Firm Capital Structure and the Syndicated Loan Market
Journal of Financial Services Research, April 2011, Volume 39, Issue 1–2, pp 55–70
28 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2019
Date Written: July 9, 2009
We show that small firms using syndicated loans for their mid- and long-term financial needs have significantly higher leverage than firms that do not borrow in this market. This difference cannot be attributed to firm characteristics like the availability of growth opportunities, asset tangibility, R&D spending, profitability and net sales that are known to influence capital structure. We also find that the capital structure of other firms that borrow in the syndicated loan market is not different from those that do not. We show that already highly leveraged small firms are more likely to borrow in the syndicated loan market than other firms. The higher debt in the capital structure of small firms that rely on syndicated loans consequently can be attributed to the availability of capital rather than demand for capital, as shown more generally by Faulkender and Petersen (2006).
Keywords: Capital structure, Syndicated loans, Leverage
JEL Classification: G32, G21
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