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Asset Redeployability, Liquidation Value, and Endogenous Capital Structure Heterogeneity.

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  • Bernardo, Antonio E.1 (AUTHOR) antonio.bernardo@anderson.ucla.edu
    Fabisiak, Alex2 (AUTHOR) alex.fabisiak.1@anderson.ucla.edu
    Welch, Ivo3 (AUTHOR) ivo.welch@gmail.com
  • Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis. Aug2020, Vol. 55 Issue 5, p1619-1656. 38p.
  • Firms with lower leverage are not only less likely to experience financial distress but are also better positioned to acquire assets from other distressed firms. With endogenous asset sales and values, each firm's debt choice then depends on the choices of its industry peers. With indivisible assets, otherwise-identical firms may adopt different debt policies, with some choosing highly levered operations (to take advantage of ongoing debt benefits) and others choosing more conservative policies to wait for acquisition opportunities. Our key empirical implication is that the acquisition channel can induce firms to reduce debt when assets become more redeployable. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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