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The response of firms\u2019 investment and financing to adverse cash flow shocks : the role of bank relationships

  • Catherine Fuss


    (National Bank of Belgium, Research Department)

  • Philip Vermeulen


    (ECB, DG Research)

We test whether firms with a single bank are better shielded from loss of credit and investment cuts in periods of adverse cash flow shocks than firms with multiple bank relationships. Our estimates of the cash flow sensitivity of investment show that both types of firms are equally subject to financing constraints that bind only in the event of adverse cash flow shocks. In these periods, firms incur lower cuts in investment expenditures when they can obtain extra credit. In periods of adverse cash flow shocks, the probability of obtaining extra bank debt becomes more sensitive to the size and leverage of the firm.

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Paper provided by National Bank of Belgium in its series Working Paper Research with number 87.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2006
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Handle: RePEc:nbb:reswpp:200607-1
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