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What drives leverage in leveraged buyouts? An analysis of European LBOS' capital structure

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  • Brinkhuis, S
  • De Maeseneire, W.

    (Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School)

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This paper examines leverage in European private equity led LBOs. We use a unique, self-constructed sample of 126 European private equity (PE) sponsored buyouts completed between June 2000 and June 2007. We find that determinants derived from classical capital structure theories do not explain leverage in LBOs, while they do drive leverage in a control group of comparable public firms. Rather, we document that leverage levels in LBOs are related to the prevailing conditions in the debt market. In addition, our results indicate that reputed private equity sponsors use more debt and that secondary buyouts have higher leverage levels.

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  • Brinkhuis, S & De Maeseneire, W., 2010. "What drives leverage in leveraged buyouts? An analysis of European LBOS' capital structure," Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School Working Paper Series 2009-31, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.
  • Handle: RePEc:vlg:vlgwps:2009-31
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    leverage; capital structure; buyouts; LBO; financial flexibility;

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