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Third-Party Credit Guarantees and the Cost of Debt: Evidence from Corporate Loans
[Loan guarantees and credit supply]

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  • Mehdi Beyhaghi

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Using a comprehensive dataset collected by the Federal Reserve, I find that over one-third of corporate loans issued by US banks are fully guaranteed by legal entities separate from borrowing firms. Using an empirical strategy that accounts for time-varying firm and lender effects, I find that the existence of a third-party credit guarantee is negatively related to loan risk, loan rate, and loan delinquency. Third-party credit guarantees alleviate the effect of collateral constraints in credit market. Firms (particularly smaller firms) that experience a negative shock to their asset values are less likely to use collateral and more likely to use credit guarantees in new borrowings.

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  • Mehdi Beyhaghi, 2022. "Third-Party Credit Guarantees and the Cost of Debt: Evidence from Corporate Loans [Loan guarantees and credit supply]," Review of Finance, European Finance Association, vol. 26(2), pages 287-317.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revfin:v:26:y:2022:i:2:p:287-317.
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    Keywords

    Credit guarantee; Collateral; FR Y-14Q; Cost of debt;
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    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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