The Impact of Trust-Preferred Issuance on Bank Default Risk and Cash Flow: Evidence from the Debt and Equity Securities Markets
Posted: 19 Jul 2003
Trust-preferred stock is a debt-equity hybrid that offers the tax deductibility of dividends but is treated as equity capital by bank regulators and rating agencies. The purpose of this paper is to examine whether holders of bank debt securities benefit from trust-preferred issuance in the form of lower default premia and whether bank shareholders benefit from the tax deductibility of trust-preferred dividends. Using daily returns surrounding the Federal Reserve's announcement that trust-preferred securities would be included as a component of commercial banks' Tier I equity capital, we find evidence to support both hypotheses.
JEL Classification: G21
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