Incomplete Information, Debt Issuance, and the Term Structure of Credit Spreads
62 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2019 Last revised: 17 Mar 2022
Date Written: March 15, 2022
We derive a firm's debt issuance policy when managers have an informational advantage over creditors and face debt restructuring costs. In our model, regardless of how poor their private signal is, managers of firms that can access the credit market avoid default by issuing new debt to service existing debt. Therefore, only bonds of firms that have exhausted their ability to borrow are subject to jump-to-default risk due to incomplete information and, in turn, command a jump-to-default risk premium. We document that our model captures many salient features of the corporate bond market.
Keywords: Credit spreads, Capital structure, Corporate Default, Debt, Jumps to Default, Investments
JEL Classification: G12, G32, G33
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