Investment opportunities, free cash flow, and stock valuation effects of secured debt offerings

Shao Chi Chang, Sheng Syan Chen, Ailing Hsing, Chia Wei Huang

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This paper examines the role of investment opportunities and free cash flow in explaining the source of the stock valuation effects of secured debt offerings. We find a significantly positive relation between a firm's investment opportunities and its stock price response to announcements of secured debt issues. This evidence supports the investment opportunities hypothesis that secured debt financing is more valuable for issuing firms with high growth opportunities. In contrast, we find a lack of support for the free cash flow hypothesis. These findings hold even after controlling for other potentially influential variables. Our study provides a better understanding of the relative importance of various potential determinants in explaining the variation in the valuation impact of secured debt issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-145
Number of pages23
JournalReview of Quantitative Finance and Accounting
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Finance

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