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Refinancing Risk and Debt Maturity Choice during a Financial Crisis

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  • Chala, Alemu Tulu

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This paper explores whether refinancing risk is an important determinant of maturity decisions by investigating how firms with refinancing risk choose the maturity of new loans they obtain during the 2007-2009 financial crisis. The firms' refinancing risk is measured by the maturing portion of outstanding long-term debt. The result shows that firms with a high refinancing risk choose longer maturities. This effect is stronger for speculative-grade and low-cash-flow firms. There is also evidence that firms with refinancing risk obtain longer maturities from their relationship lenders.

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  • Chala, Alemu Tulu, 2018. "Refinancing Risk and Debt Maturity Choice during a Financial Crisis," Working Papers 2018:33, Lund University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2018_033
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    Keywords

    Refinancing risk; Debt maturity; financial crisis;
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    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G39 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Other

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