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The role of bank lending tightening on corporate bond issuance in the eurozone

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  • Kaya, Orcun
  • Wang, Lulu

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This paper empirically tests the role of bank lending tightening on non-financial corporate (NFC) bond issuance in the eurozone. By utilizing a unique data set provided by the ECB Bank Lending Survey, we capture the pure credit supply effect on corporate external financing. We find that tightened credit standards positively affect the NFC bond issuance: A 1pp increase in banks reporting considerable tightening on loans leads to around a 7% increase in firms' bond issuance in the eurozone. Focusing on a spectrum of aspects contributing to bank credit tightening, we document that banks' balance sheet constraints, as well as the perception of risk lead to significantly higher NFC bond issuance. In addition, we show that stricter lending conditions, such as wider margins, higher collateral requirements and covenants significantly increase NFC bond issuance volumes too. Furthermore, the impact of bank credit tightening on firms' bond issuance is particularly observable in core eurozone countries and not in peripheral countries. This is partially due to the underdeveloped debt capital markets in the peripheral countries.

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  • Kaya, Orcun & Wang, Lulu, 2014. "The role of bank lending tightening on corporate bond issuance in the eurozone," CFS Working Paper Series 456, Center for Financial Studies (CFS).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:cfswop:456
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    1. Chris Garbers & Guangling Liu, 2016. "Credit market heterogeneity, balance sheet (in) dependence, financial shocks," Working Papers 633, Economic Research Southern Africa.

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    Keywords

    Debt Securities; Corporate Financing; Euro Area; Structural Change;

    JEL classification:

    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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