The Value of Bond Underwriter Relationships

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Abstract

We show that corporate bond issuers benefit from utilizing existing underwriter relationships when rolling over bonds, but at the same time become exposed to underwriter distress. A strong relationship enables the underwriter to credibly certify the issuer resulting in lower direct issuance costs and lower underpricing. However, if the underwriter becomes distressed, this spills over to the issuer’s credit risk, because it weakens the relationship and increases the risk of involuntary relationship termination. The credit risk spillover is more pronounced for risky, opaque issuers with high rollover exposure, i.e., those issuers most in need of certification by an underwriter.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Number of pages44
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe Eighth Annual Applied Finance Conference of the Financial Management Association International 2018 - St. John's University Manhattan Campus, New York, United States
Duration: 11 May 201811 May 2018
Conference number: 8
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Conference

ConferenceThe Eighth Annual Applied Finance Conference of the Financial Management Association International 2018
Number8
LocationSt. John's University Manhattan Campus
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Period11/05/201811/05/2018
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Keywords

  • Underwriter relationship
  • Corporate bonds
  • Certification
  • Rollover risk
  • Relationship banking

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Daetz, S. L., Dick-Nielsen, J., & Nielsen, M. S. (2018). The Value of Bond Underwriter Relationships. Paper presented at The Eighth Annual Applied Finance Conference of the Financial Management Association International 2018, New York, United States.