Banks and Bonds: The Impact of Bank Loan Announcements on Bond and Equity Prices

37 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2007 Last revised: 19 Mar 2009

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Steven Ongena

University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance; Swiss Finance Institute; KU Leuven; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Viorel Roscovan

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Bas J. M. Werker

Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER)

Date Written: February 2007

Abstract

We study the effect of bank loan announcements on the borrowing firms' bond and equity prices. Our sample consists of 896 loan deals signed between 1997 to 2003 involving 364 different U.S. firms. We report the first comprehensive evidence that also firm bond prices react to bank loan announcements. The cumulative abnormal reaction of bond credit spreads equals minus 11 bps on average in the two-day period comprising the day prior to and the event day itself. The cumulative abnormal return on the firm stocks equals plus 26 bps on average in the same period. While stock returns are unaffected by firm risk, credit spreads react less negatively for risky or small firms. The bondholders of the riskier firms are more sensitive to the loss given default which increases with bank borrowing. The overall positive effect on the value of equity is due to two forces. First, bank certification reduces information asymmetry. Second, there is a transfer of bondholder's welfare to the shareholders as a results of claim dilution. Finally, our analysis provides an estimate of the net impact on firm value of bank loan announcements, between minus 5 bps for riskier and smaller firms and plus 18 bps for safer and larger companies.

Keywords: Asymmetric Information, Credit Markets, Loans, Bonds, Credit Spreads

JEL Classification: G14, G21, G24

Suggested Citation

Ongena, Steven R. G. and Roscovan, Viorel and Werker, Bas J.M., Banks and Bonds: The Impact of Bank Loan Announcements on Bond and Equity Prices (February 2007). EFA 2007 Ljubljana Meetings Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962879 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.962879

Steven R. G. Ongena

University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance ( email )

Schönberggasse 1
Zürich, 8001
Switzerland

Swiss Finance Institute

c/o University of Geneva
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CH-1211 Geneva 4
Switzerland

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Viorel Roscovan (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
Rotterdam, 3000 DR
Netherlands
+31104088836 (Phone)

Bas J.M. Werker

Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER) ( email )

Econometrics and Finance Group
5000 LE Tilburg
Netherlands

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