Firm Prestige and the Cost of Bank Loans

43 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2020

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Yunhao Dai

Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Formerly Tongi Medical University)

P. Raghavendra Rau

University of Cambridge

Weiqiang Tan

Education University of Hong Kong

Date Written: April 13, 2020

Abstract

Firm prestige reduces the cost of bank loans. Specifically, when borrowers are included in Fortune’s list of “America’s Most Admired Companies” (MAC), their loan costs decline by approximately 13 bps or US$5.122 million, on average. The effect appears causal. The negative relation between prestige and loan costs is more pronounced for borrowers in more competitive industries and with higher information uncertainty. Banks with low information gathering capacity offer favorable loan terms to the MAC ranked borrowers when they face a high degree of competition from other banks. The MAC ranking appears to be used by these banks as a summary statistic for loan quality in the face of competition.

Keywords: Bank loans, Most Admired Companies, Loan costs, Social capital, Firm prestige

JEL Classification: G21, G30, G34

Suggested Citation

Dai, Yunhao and Rau, P. Raghavendra and Tan, Weiqiang, Firm Prestige and the Cost of Bank Loans (April 13, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3574661 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3574661

Yunhao Dai

Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Formerly Tongi Medical University) ( email )

1037 Luoyu Rd
Wuhan, Hubei 430074
China

P. Raghavendra Rau

University of Cambridge ( email )

Cambridge Judge Business School
Trumpington Street
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB21AG
United Kingdom
3103626793 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.raghurau.com/

Weiqiang Tan (Contact Author)

Education University of Hong Kong ( email )

Dept of Social Sciences
Education University of Hong Kong
Tai Po, NT 11111
Hong Kong

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