Corporate financing and anticipated credit rating changes

Hung, C.-H. D. , Banerjee, A. and Meng, Q. (2017) Corporate financing and anticipated credit rating changes. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 48(4), pp. 893-915. (doi:10.1007/s11156-016-0571-3)

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Abstract

Firm circumstances change but rating agencies may not make timely revisions to their ratings, increasing information asymmetry between firms and the market. We examine whether firms time the securities market before a credit rating agency publicly reveals its decision to downgrade a firm's credit rating. Using quarterly data, we show that firms adjust their financing structures before credit rating downgrades are publicly revealed. More specifically, firms on average increase their debt financing by 1.29% before the disclosure of a rating downgrade, and we find that this increase is due to the issuance of debt rather than the repurchase of equity. In contrast, firms do not take significant financing actions before credit rating upgrades.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hung, Dr Daniel
Authors: Hung, C.-H. D., Banerjee, A., and Meng, Q.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0924-865X
ISSN (Online):1573-7179
Published Online:15 April 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Springer
First Published:First published in Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting 48(4):893-915
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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