Distress Risk Premia in Stock and Bond Returns
46 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2006 Last revised: 20 Jul 2011
Date Written: June 5, 2011
Prior studies find that shareholders’ strategic actions over debtholders are significant for stock prices but not for bond prices. I find that for firms with private and public debt, strategic default has no significant effect on distress risk premia in expected stock or bond returns, suggesting that the dispersion of bondholders greatly weakens the shareholder advantage effect. The shareholder advantage effect on stock prices is only significant for firms with only private debt and, to some degree, affected by the dispersion of stockholders and complexity in capital structure. Overall, renegotiation friction helps explain the cross-sectional implications of strategic default for stock and bond prices.
Keywords: distress risk premium, bond risk premium, strategic default
JEL Classification: G12, G13, G33
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