nep-cfn New Economics Papers
on Corporate Finance
Issue of 2010‒10‒02
two papers chosen by
Zelia Serrasqueiro
University of the Beira Interior

  1. Relationship Lending in the Czech Republic By Adam Gersl; Petr Jakubik
  2. The Reaction of Stock Returns to News about Fundamentals By Tolga Cenesizoglu

  1. By: Adam Gersl; Petr Jakubik
    Abstract: This paper presents the results of an analysis of data on individual bank loans of nonfinancial corporations in the Czech Republic taken from the CNB’s Central Credit Register. It focuses on the question of how firms obtain financing from domestic banks. The results show that the vast majority of non-financial corporations use the services of just one relationship lender. Small and young firms in technology- and knowledge-intensive industries tend to concentrate their credit needs in a single bank, whereas less creditworthy firms and firms in cyclical industries tend to borrow from more than one bank. The analysis also reveals different behaviour of firms towards financing banks in the case of multiple lenders. Finally, it turns out that the level of credit risk at bank level decreases in line with the extent to which firms applying single relationship lending occur in the bank’s portfolio.
    Keywords: Credit risk, relationship banking.
    JEL: G21 G32
    Date: 2010–09
  2. By: Tolga Cenesizoglu
    Abstract: This paper analyzes the reaction of stock returns to news about the state of the economy. We develop a general equilibrium asset pricing model where the investor learns about the growth rate of the economy through two sources of information, dividend realizations and regularly scheduled announcements about the state of the economy. We distinguish between dividend news and the unexpected part of the external signal and characterize the reaction of stock returns to news from these two sources of information. We show that the reaction to these news variables can be quite different under different assumptions about their precisions in different states. Our model is able to account for several empirical facts about the reaction of stock returns to news, such as time-varying and state-dependent reaction, asymmetric reaction to extreme news and stronger reaction to more precise signals.
    Keywords: Regime Switching, Asymmetric Reaction, Dividend News, Public Announcements
    JEL: G12 G14
    Date: 2010

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