Firms’ financing dynamics around lumpy capacity adjustments

Görtz, C., Sakellaris, P. and Tsoukalas, J. D. (2023) Firms’ financing dynamics around lumpy capacity adjustments. European Economic Review, (doi: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2023.104481) (In Press)

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We study how firms adjust their financial positions around the times when they undertake lumpy adjustments in capital or employment. Using U.S. firm level data, we document systematic patterns of cash and debt financing around lumpy adjustment, remarkably similar across capital and employment. Firm-specific fundamentals reflected in Tobin’s Q, profitability and productivity are leading indicators of lumpy adjustment. Cash and debt capacity are actively manipulated, and contribute significantly quantitatively, to increase financial resources in anticipation of the expansion of firm capacity. Lumpy contractions in productive capacity follow years where firms reduce cash balances and hold above average levels of debt. During and after contractions, firms rebuild cash and reduce debt growth significantly in a concerted effort to restore financial resources by adjusting their productive operations.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Plutarchos Sakellaris acknowledges support by the Robert Schuman Center at the European University Institute through a Jean Monnet Fellowship.
Status:In Press
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tsoukalas, Professor John and Gortz, Dr Christoph
Authors: Görtz, C., Sakellaris, P., and Tsoukalas, J. D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:European Economic Review
ISSN (Online):1873-572X
Published Online:29 May 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in European Economic Review 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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