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Market Implied Ratings and Financing Constraints: Evidence from US Firms

Serafeim Tsoukas and Marina-Eliza Spaliara ()

Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 2014, vol. 41, issue 1-2, 242-269

Abstract: Financing constraints have been found to play an important role in several aspects of firm behavior, but no attention has been given to their effects on credit ratings. In this paper we analyze a unique and comprehensive data set for US firms rated by Fitch over the period 2001–07. We employ Fitch's market implied ratings derived from bond and equity prices. The analysis finds evidence that financial variables are more important in predicting credit ratings for firms likely to face financing constraints. We conclude that the financing constraint is an important dimension in the market implied ratings process. Our findings are of relevance to managers, investors and rating agencies seeking to understand the mechanism through which financing constraints affect credit ratings.

Date: 2014
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