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Capital Structure and Assets: Effects of an Implicit Collateral


  • Christian Riis Flor


"This paper analyses a firm's capital structure choice when assets have outside value. Valuable assets implicitly provide a collateral and increase tax shield exploitation. The key feature in this paper is asset value uncertainty, implying that it is unknown ex ante whether the equity holders ex post optimally sell the assets or re-optimise the capital structure. Ex ante, more uncertain asset value decreases leverage, but not firm value, and selling the assets becomes less likely. Firms should tend to invest in assets whose value is less correlated to changes in earnings and, in addition, asset sales are less likely when this correlation is low." Copyright 2007 The Author Journal compilation (c) 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Christian Riis Flor, 2008. "Capital Structure and Assets: Effects of an Implicit Collateral," European Financial Management, European Financial Management Association, vol. 14(2), pages 347-373.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:eufman:v:14:y:2008:i:2:p:347-373

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