Leveraged buyouts and bond credit spreads

Eisenthal-Berkovitz, Y, Feldhütter, P and Vig, V (2020) Leveraged buyouts and bond credit spreads. Journal of Financial Economics, 135 (3). pp. 577-601. ISSN 0304-405X OPEN ACCESS


Recent decades have witnessed several waves of buyout activity. We find leveraged buyouts (LBOs) to be a significant concern for bondholders by showing that a) intra-industry credit spreads increase upon an LBO announcement, b) yields on bonds without event risk covenants are, on average, 21 basis points higher than those on same-firm bonds with such covenants, and c) structural models calibrated to historical LBO events imply an impact of 18–21 basis points on 10-year credit spreads. The impact is strongest in expansion periods and for bonds with maturities of 10–20 years.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Finance
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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 679747).

Funder Name: European Research Council
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 19:20
Date of first compliant deposit: 04 Jun 2020
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2024 01:44
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/1422
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