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Ownership Structure, Leverage, and Firm Value: The Case of Leveraged Recapitalizations

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  • Atul Gupta
  • Leonard Rosenthal

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A comprehensive empirical examination of a relatively new form of leverage-increasing transaction known as a leveraged recapitalization (LR) is presented. Although similar to a leveraged buyout, the LR differs from LBOs in that the firm remains public instead of going private. We find significant positive abnormal returns to equity-holders, without losses to existing bondholders. We examine the financial characteristics of LR firms and find evidence in support of Jensen's free cash flow hypothesis.

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  • Atul Gupta & Leonard Rosenthal, 1991. "Ownership Structure, Leverage, and Firm Value: The Case of Leveraged Recapitalizations," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 20(3), Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:gupta91
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