The Creditors' Financial Reorganization Decision: New Evidence from Canadian Data
This article examines a data set of 338 randomly selected financial reorganization plans filed in Canada during the period 1978-87. Creditors reject roughly 25 percent of reorganization plans, while about 20 percent of the plans creditors accept fail before completion, providing evidence of filtering failure in the reorganization process. A logic model of the creditors' reorganization decision produces two interesting results: (1) plans offering a high proportion of cash payments are more likely to be accepted by creditors, which we interpret as evidence that cash is a signal of financial viability; (2) plans with high ratios of secured debt are more likely to be accepted, which we interpret as evidence that secured creditors with insider knowledge signal information about the financial viability of firms to unsecured creditors. Copyright 1995 by Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 11 (1995)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
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