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Why do firms issue abroad? Lessons from onshore and offshore corporate bond finance in Asian emerging markets

  • Paul Mizen
  • Frank Packer
  • Eli M Remolona
  • Serafeim Tsoukas

Corporate bond issuers in emerging economies in Asia have often had a choice between an onshore market and an offshore one. Since 1998, however, many of these issuers have increasingly turned to the onshore market. This paper investigates systematically what factors have influenced this choice between markets for issuers in eight emerging economies - China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. For variables measuring market depth and liquidity, the availability of hedging instruments, and the size of the investor base, we rely on BIS statistics that have not been used in this literature before. We combine these market-level data with firm-level data in an unbalanced panel for the eight countries covering the period 1995 to 2007. We control for variables representing agency, static trade-off and risk management theories of the capital structure. Our results show that the choice between domestic and foreign markets has changed over time in large part because of the increased depth of the onshore market. The firms that benefit from such market development tend to be the unseasoned issuers rather than the seasoned ones.

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Paper provided by Bank for International Settlements in its series BIS Working Papers with number 401.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:bis:biswps:401
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