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Bond Market Access, Credit Quality, and Capital Structure: Canadian Evidence

  • Usha R. Mittoo
  • Zhou Zhang
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    We examine the impact of bond market access (measured by having a credit rating) on leverage for Canadian high credit quality (HQ) and low credit quality (LQ) firms, and find that the leverage impact is more pronounced for LQ firms. The results are similar for U.S. firms. Our results are confirmed when we control for the firm's credit quality, examine the change in leverage around rating initiation, and account for the issue size effect. A similar leverage impact for Canadian and U.S. LQ firms suggests that the Canada-U.S. bond market integration has mitigated the financial constraints for Canadian LQ firms. Copyright (c) 2010, The Eastern Finance Association.

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    Article provided by Eastern Finance Association in its journal Financial Review.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (08)
    Pages: 579-602

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:finrev:v:45:y:2010:i:3:p:579-602
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