Lead bank quality and adverse rating announcements
Purpose – This paper seeks to examine whether the market values the monitoring activity undertaken by a quality bank in the presence of a credit rating agency. Specifically, the question is asked whether the quality of a lead lending bank influences a market reaction to adverse rating announcements concerning its borrowers. Design/methodology/approach – The event study methodology and various bank quality proxies (size, growth rate in assets, profitability, capital ratio, bank's credit rating, and ownership) are used to examine the market reaction when a borrower's bank loan rating is placed with negative implication or is downgraded. Findings – Firms which are certified and monitored by high-quality banks are less susceptible to negative market reactions when adverse rating announcements are made. Originality/value – The findings indicate high-quality lending banks sustain investors' confidence in their borrowers in the face of deteriorating news. The paper argues that investors and borrowers value monitoring from a high-quality bank, which is an implication of a bank having access to private information about its borrowers.
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Volume (Year): 27 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
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