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Determinants of Bank Debt in a Continental Financial System: Evidence from Spanish Companies

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  • Pablo de Andrés Alonso
  • Félix J. López Iturriaga
  • Juan A. Rodríguez Sanz
  • Eleuterio Vallelado González

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We test hypotheses about the structure of corporate debt ownership and the use of bank debt by firms in a civil-law country, Spain. We focus on bank debt effects in the presence of information asymmetries and agency costs, and on efficient versus inefficient firm liquidation. We find that the relation between growth opportunities and bank financing is not as strong as the one found in common-law countries, that there is a positive relation between firm size and the proportion of bank debt used, and that firms closer to bankruptcy and highly leveraged are more likely to use bank debt. Copyright 2005 by the Eastern Finance Association.

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Article provided by Eastern Finance Association in its journal The Financial Review.

Volume (Year): 40 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (08)
Pages: 305-333

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Handle: RePEc:bla:finrev:v:40:y:2005:i:3:p:305-333

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  1. García-Teruel, Pedro J. & Martínez-Solano, Pedro & Sánchez-Ballesta, Juan Pedro, 2014. "The role of accruals quality in the access to bank debt," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 186-193.
  2. Gwatidzo, Tendai & Ojah, Kalu, 2014. "Firms’ debt choice in Africa: Are institutional infrastructure and non-traditional determinants important?," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 152-166.

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