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Corporate liquidity and the contingent nature of bank credit lines: Evidence on the costs and consequences of bank default

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  • May, Anthony D.
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    I study the impact of Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy and resultant inability to honor its obligations as a lender under committed credit lines. Firms that lost access to a credit line committed by Lehman Brothers experienced abnormal stock returns of −3%, on average, on the day of and day after Lehman's bankruptcy filing, amounting to roughly $5.7 billion in aggregate, risk-adjusted losses. These losses were significantly larger for firms that were more financially constrained, firms with less cash, firms for whom Lehman was a lead-bank, and firms that lost access to larger amounts of committed credit. During the four quarters immediately following Lehman's collapse, firms that lost access to a credit line cut their investment spending significantly while simultaneously hoarding more cash than comparable firms. Overall, these findings indicate that firms that lost access to a credit line incurred economically significant costs and real-side consequences as a result of Lehman's default on its loan commitments.

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    Volume (Year): 29 (2014)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 410-429

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:corfin:v:29:y:2014:i:c:p:410-429
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2014.10.001
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