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Corporate Financial Policies and Performance Prior to Currency Crises

  • Arturo Bris
  • Yrjö Koskinen
  • Vicente Pons

Using company level data from 17 countries that have suffered a currency crisis during the past decade, this paper documents that firms have increasing leverage and declining profitability prior to a crisis. After sorting companies into two groups based on their exchange rate beta, we show that companies that benefit from currency depreciations have higher leverage, lower earnings to revenue ratios and lower interest coverage ratios compared to firms that are harmed by currency depreciations. These results are consistent with the recent literature that puts the financial policies and performance of corporations as the central issue in currency crisis.

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Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number 386.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2001
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