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The Impact on Firm Value of Capital Structure Change, Some Estimates


  • Masulis, Ronald W.


This study develops a model based on current corporate finance theories which explains stock returns associated with the announcement of issuer exchange offers. The major independent variables are changes in leverage multiplied by senior security claims outstanding and changes in debt tax shields. Parameter estimates are statistically significant and consistent in sign and relative magnitude with model predictions. Overall, 55 percent of the variance in stock announcement period returns is explained. The evidence is consistent with tax-based theories of optimal capital structure, a positive debt level information effect, and leverage induced wealth transfers across security classes.

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  • Masulis, Ronald W., 1982. "The Impact on Firm Value of Capital Structure Change, Some Estimates," University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson Graduate School of Management qt53v169s4, Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdl:anderf:qt53v169s4

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