Kicking maturity down the road: Early refinancing and maturity management in the corporate bond market

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Abstract

This paper examines debt maturity management through early refinancing, where firms retire their outstanding bonds before the due date and simultaneously issue new ones as replacements. Speculative-grade firms frequently refinance their corporate bonds early to extend maturity, particularly under accommodating credit supply conditions, leading to a procyclical maturity structure. In contrast, investment-grade firms do not manage their maturity in the same manner. I exploit the protection period of callable bonds to show that the maturity extension is not driven by unobservable confounding factors. The evidence is consistent with speculative-grade firms dynamically managing maturity to mitigate refinancing risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3061-3097
Number of pages37
JournalReview of Financial Studies
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Maturity Management
  • Refinancing Risk
  • Early Refinancing
  • Corporate Bond

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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