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Corporate Financial Policies and Performance Around Currency Crises

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  • Bris, Arturo

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    (Deparment of Finance)

  • Koskinen, Yrjö

    ()
    (Department of Finance)

  • Pons, Vicente

    ()
    (Department of Finance)

Abstract

Using data from 17 countries that have suffered a currency crisis, this paper studies firm-level leverage and performance measures before and after a crisis has occurred. We show that in the years preceding a currency crisis, companies that are expected to benefit from currency depreciations increase their leverage more than companies that are expected to be harmed by currency depreciations. The evidence regarding the profitability and financial fragility ratios is consistent with the leverage results, since companies that are expected to benefit from depreciations fare worse than other companies before a crisis. We also provide evidence that the Asian crisis is different from the previous European and Latin American ones: in Asia firms become more fragile after the crisis and their profitability declines and leverage increases further, whereas in Europe and Latin America there are clear signs of recovery after a crisis has occurred, especially for firms that are ex-ante expected to benefit from depreciations.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 467.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: 17 Oct 2001
Date of revision: 06 Nov 2001
Publication status: Forthcoming in Journal of Business.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0467

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Keywords: currency crises; currency depreciation; corporate leverage; capital structure; profitability; financial fragility; exchange rates;

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