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Seminar Johann Reindl

BI: Market Implied Costs of Financial Distress

Place: HiOA, Pilestredet 35, rom: Pi531 Date and time: Thursday 16. November 2017 13:10 - 14.00

Abstract : This paper examines bankruptcy costs using market prices of equity and put options during the financial crisis.  Our approach avoids the downward selection bias and the upward bias when using the tradeoff theory to estimate bankruptcy costs.  While the average bankruptcy cost is about 20 %, we find wide variation across and within industries.  Costs are related positively to asset volatility, growth options, and labor intensity and negatively to tangibility, size, weak corporate governance and entrenched management. Using our results we also find strong support for the tradeoff theory but we identify other firm characteristics that also matter.