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Bank Relationships and Firm Profitability

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  • Hans Degryse
  • Steven Ongena

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This paper examines how bank relationships affect firm performance. An empirical implication of recent theoretical models is that firms maintaining multiple bank relationships are less profitable than their single-bank peers. We investigate this empirical implication using a data set containing virtually all Norwegian publicly listed firms for the period 1979-1995. We find a robust and economically relevant negative two-way correspondence between the number of relationships and sales profitability. We also find that firms replacing a single relationship are on average smaller and younger than those firms choosing not to replace a single relationship.

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

Volume (Year): 30 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 (Spring)
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Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:degryse01

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