Equity Cross-Listings in the U.S. and the Price of Debt
Review of Accounting Studies, Vol. 23, pp. 385-421, 2018
Posted: 4 May 2020
Date Written: April 7, 2018
Using a large panel from 46 countries over 20 years, we find that non-U.S. firms issue corporate bonds more frequently and at lower offering yields following an equity cross-listing on a U.S. exchange. Firms issue more bonds through public offerings instead of private placements and in foreign markets rather than at home, in both cases at significantly lower yields. Moreover, the debt-related benefits are concentrated among firms domiciled in countries with less private benefits of control, efficient debt enforcement, and developed bond markets, suggesting that equity cross-listings cannot completely offset the impact of weak home country institutions. The results support the notion that the monitoring, transparency, and visibility benefits brought about by equity cross-listings on U.S. exchanges are valuable to bond investors.
Keywords: Corporate governance, Bonding hypothesis, Debt financing, Disclosure, Law and finance, International accounting
JEL Classification: F34, G12, G15, G38, K22
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