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Why Do European Firms Issue Convertible Debt?

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  • Usha R. Mittoo
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    "We survey European managers to gain some insights into motivations of convertible issuance. Our analysis shows that a majority of firms issue convertibles as 'delayed equity' and as 'debt sweetener'. Managers also use convertibles to avoid short-term equity dilution and to signal firm's future growth opportunities. We document a large cross-sectional variation across firms in rationales for issuing convertibles and find mixed support for most theoretical models. Our evidence suggests that the popularity of convertibles is driven primarily by their versatility in adjusting their design to fit the financing needs of individual firms, and by their increased demand among institutional investors." Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2004.

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    Article provided by European Financial Management Association in its journal European Financial Management.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 339-373

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:eufman:v:10:y:2004:i:2:p:339-373

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    1. Ammann, Manuel & Fehr, Martin & Seiz, Ralf, 2006. "New evidence on the announcement effect of convertible and exchangeable bonds," Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 43-63, February.
    2. Dutordoir, Marie & Lewis, Craig & Seward, James & Veld, Chris, 2014. "What we do and do not know about convertible bond financing," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 3-20.
    3. Dutordoir, Marie & Strong, Norman & Ziegan, Marius C., 2014. "Does corporate governance influence convertible bond issuance?," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 80-100.
    4. Dutordoir, Marie & Van de Gucht, Linda, 2007. "Are there windows of opportunity for convertible debt issuance? Evidence for Western Europe," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(9), pages 2828-2846, September.
    5. Diaw, Abdou & Bacha, Obiyathulla Ismath & Lahsasna, Ahcene, 2012. "Incentive-Compatible Sukuk Musharakah for Private Sector Funding," MPRA Paper 46009, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Matthias C. Grüninger & Claudia B. Wöhle, 2005. "Warum begeben Unternehmen Wandelanleihen?," Working papers 2005/02, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
    7. Wolfgang Drobetz & Matthias C. Grüninger & Claudia B. Wöhle, 2006. "Warum begeben Unternehmen Wandelanleihen?," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 142(III), pages 331-365, September.

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