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Stapled Finance

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  • PAUL POVEL
  • RAJDEEP SINGH

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"Stapled finance" is a loan commitment arranged by a seller in an M&A setting. Whoever wins the bidding contest has the option (not the obligation) to accept this loan commitment. We show that stapled finance increases bidding competition by subsidizing weak bidders, who raise their bids and thereby the price that strong bidders (who are more likely to win) must pay. The lender expects not to break even and must be compensated for offering the loan. This reduces but does not eliminate the seller's benefit. It also implies that stapled finance loans will show poorer performance than other buyout loans. Copyright (c) 2010 the American Finance Association.

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  • Paul Povel & Rajdeep Singh, 2010. "Stapled Finance," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 65(3), pages 927-953, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:65:y:2010:i:3:p:927-953
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