Corporate Walkout Decisions and the Value of Default
AbstractWe present a continuous-time asset pricing model of the levered firm where shareholders select not only the timing but also the form of control transfers. Owners are allowed to walk out of the firm either by (I) defaulting on their debt obligations or (ii) selling the firm with its debt obligations, as in a corporation sale. The structural model relates shareholders ex-post choice to both technological and financial factors. We obtain that the likelihood of default being chosen instead of a corporation sale increases with (I) the degree of leverage displayed by the firm and (ii) its technological supremacy in the industry. Moreover, whereas default necessarily involves inefficient timing of ownership transfers, corporation sales eliminate agency costs and achieve the correct allocation of resources. By ignoring such direct sales of ownership rights, existing defaultable bond pricing models thus often exaggerate risk premia and under-estimate the borrowing ability (debt capacity) of firms.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Society for Computational Economics in its series Computing in Economics and Finance 2002 with number 357.
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2002
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Default; Pricing of Debt;
Other versions of this item:
- Tom Dahlstr–:m & Pierre Mella-Barral, 2003. "Corporate Walkout Decisions and the Value of Default," Review of Finance, Springer, vol. 7(3), pages 325-360.
- Pierre Mella-Barral & Tom Dahlström, 1999. "Corporate Walkout Decisions and the Value of Default," FMG Discussion Papers dp325, Financial Markets Group.
- G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
- G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
- G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation
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