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Mergers and corporate debt financing


  • Selvarajah, Esaignani
  • Ursel, Nancy


We investigate the effect of mergers on corporate debt financing using time series analysis. We find that corporate debt use increases during periods of very high merger activity but is not significantly affected by variations within the normal range of merger activity. Traditional trade-off and pecking order variables also significantly affect corporate financing choice.

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  • Selvarajah, Esaignani & Ursel, Nancy, 2012. "Mergers and corporate debt financing," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 114(3), pages 296-298.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:114:y:2012:i:3:p:296-298 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.11.003

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    Merger; Mega-merger; Financing policy; Leverage; Capital structure;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance


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