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Corporate Debt Maturity Profiles

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  • Choi, Jaewon
  • Hackbarth, Dirk
  • Zechner, Josef

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We study a novel aspect of a firm's capital structure, namely the profile of its debt maturity dates. In a simple theoretical framework we show that the dispersion of debt maturities constitutes an important dimension of capital structure choice, driven by firm characteristics and debt rollover risk. Guided by these predictions we establish two main empirical results. First, using an exogenous shock to rollover risk, we document a significant increase in maturity dispersion for firms that need to roll over maturing debt. Second, we find strong support that maturities of newly issued debt are influenced by pre-existing maturity profiles.

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  • Choi, Jaewon & Hackbarth, Dirk & Zechner, Josef, 2017. "Corporate Debt Maturity Profiles," CEPR Discussion Papers 12289, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:12289
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    Keywords

    Capital Structure; Debt Maturity; Debt Structure;

    JEL classification:

    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation

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