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Relationship Lending, Firms’ Behaviour and Credit Risk: Evidence from the Czech Republic

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This paper presents the results of an analysis of data on individual bank loans of non-financial corporations in the Czech Republic taken from the CNB’s Central Credit Register. It focuses on the question of how firms obtain financing from domestic banks. The results show that the vast majority of non-financial corporations use the services of just one relationship lender. Small and young firms in technology- and knowledge-intensive industries tend to concentrate their credit needs in a single bank, whereas less creditworthy firms and firms in cyclical industries tend to borrow from more than one bank. The analysis also reveals different behaviour of firms towards financing banks in case of multiple lenders. Finally, the paper shows that the level of credit risk at bank level decreases in line with the extent to which firms applying single relationship lending occur in the bank’s portfolio.

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Paper provided by Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies in its series Working Papers IES with number 2010/22.

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Length: 20pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
Date of revision: Sep 2010
Handle: RePEc:fau:wpaper:wp2010_22

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  1. Gajewski, Krzysztof & Pawłowska, Małgorzata & Rogowski, Wojciech, 2012. "Relacje firm z bankami w Polsce w świetle danych ze sprawozdawczości bankowej
    [Bank-firm relationships in Poland in the light of data from bank reporting]
    ," MPRA Paper 42544, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 29 Oct 2012.

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