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Debt markets and corporate debt structure in an emerging market: The South African example

Kalu Ojah () and Kishan Pillay

Economic Modelling, 2009, vol. 26, issue 6, 1215-1227

Abstract: This is a first attempt at gauging the effects of corporate public debt issuance on the debt structure, risk profile and valuation of firms in an emerging market. We find that financial services firms, along with government institutions, are important early supporters of an organized public debt market. Firms in this market use equity, public debt and private debt funds simultaneously as need be. Consistent with predictions of the corporate debt structure literature, public debt-issuing firms are larger, older, more profitable, and less informational opaque than non-public debt-issuing firms. Moreover, public debt-issuing firms experience significant reductions in both overall and systematic risks, and incur lower cost of capital following issuance than non-public debt issuers. These and other findings of the study suggest deepening national debt markets can be a fruitful financial market development exercise for emerging markets.

Keywords: Capital; structure; Debt; structure; Emerging; market; Private; debt; Public; debt; issuance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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