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A Comparison of Syndicated Loan Pricing at Investment and Commercial Banks

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  • Maretno Harjoto
  • Donald J. Mullineaux
  • Ha-Chin Yi
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    We reject the hypothesis that investment and commercial banks have identical loan-pricing policies. We find that compared to commercial banks, investment banks lend to less profitable, more lever aged firms, price riskier classes of term loans more generously, and offer relatively longer-term credits, usually with term, not commitment contracts. Investment banks typically establish higher credit spreads, although the premium declines when a commercial bank joins as syndicate co-arranger. Investment banks also price riskier classes of term loans more generously to borrowers than do commercial banks. Commercial-bank funding advantages do not appear to be a source of the pricing differences. Copyright (c) 2006 Financial Management Association International.

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

    Volume (Year): 35 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 49-70

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