Trade Credit Use as Firms Approach Default
Emilia Garcia‐appendini and
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Emilia Garcia-Appendini () and
Judit Montoriol Garriga ()
Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 2020, vol. 52, issue 5, 1199-1229
Using a sample of distressed firms with information about suppliers, we document an average fall in the use of trade credit as firms approach bankruptcy compared to a control sample of nonbankrupt firms. However, we uncover a large degree of heterogeneity across suppliers. Suppliers facing high switching costs maintain their business ties with the distressed firms as they approach bankruptcy, and provide them more trade credit. Suppliers in concentrated markets provide temporary support to their clients. Overall, the findings of this paper suggest that switching costs are fundamental to explain whether suppliers provide liquidity to their distressed clients or not.
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