Management Earnings Forecasts and Bank Loan Contracting
27 Pages Posted: 27 May 2020
Date Written: May/June 2019
We find that firms tend to issue management earnings forecasts and convey good news before bank loan initiation. Issuing firms enjoy more favorable contracting terms and attract more lenders. Management forecasts issuance within a nine‐month period prior to the loan activating quarter can lower the subsequent loan spread by 14.06 basis points. Moreover, firms with larger management forecast errors are charged harsher contracting terms and attract fewer lenders. Our study suggests that firms strategically issue management earnings forecasts before entering into debt contracts and lenders incorporate the information contained in management earnings forecasts into bank loan contracting.
Keywords: bank loan contracting, good news, management earnings forecast, management forecast errors, voluntary disclosure
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