The financial vulnerabilities driving firms to the exit
Ryan Banerjee and
BIS Quarterly Review, 2020
This special feature investigates the influence of financial vulnerabilities on the likelihood that firms will exit the market. We fill a gap in the literature by analysing comprehensive data on firm exits together with data on the financial accounts of firms, both aggregated at the sector level. We find that high short-term debt and low earnings relative to interest expenses are the two most significant financial predictors of firm exits. Moreover, there is a two-year lag from a rise in vulnerabilities to the peak in exits. We also find evidence that sector-level vulnerabilities magnify the likelihood that weaker sales or tighter lending conditions tip firms over the brink. The unprecedented Covid-19 shock notwithstanding, our analysis suggests that while exits may remain contained in the near term, pressures to exit are likely to build up over time.
JEL-codes: D22 E32 G32 G33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:bis:bisqtr:2012e
Access Statistics for this article
BIS Quarterly Review is currently edited by Christian Upper
More articles in BIS Quarterly Review from Bank for International Settlements Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Christian Beslmeisl ().