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Loans to distressed firms: Political connections, Related lending, Business Group Affiliation and Bank Governance

Sung Wook Joh and Ming Ming Chiu

No 790, Econometric Society 2004 Far Eastern Meetings from Econometric Society

Abstract: Financial institutions (FIs) suffered from non-performing loans when debt-ridden firms failed. Nonetheless, FIs in Korea increased loans to distressed firms in the 1990s. Possible explanations for these loans include FIs having better inside information on borrowing firms, firms' sharing resources with its business group affiliated firms, firms' political connections, related lending (FI affiliation), or FIs' moral hazards (poor FI governance). We examined 6,474 non-financial firms' capital structures and performances during 1990-2000. Distressed firms had higher leverage ratios and leverage growth rates. Furthermore, firms in distress, with higher leverage growth rates or political connections tended to show both lower ex-post ability to pay debt and lower return on assets, suggesting that FIs did not benefit from inside information when making lending decisions regarding distressed firms. Firms in distress, with political connections, or with FI affiliations all had higher leverage growth rates. Among distressed firms, those affiliated with business groups had higher leverage growth. Together, these results support the claims that business group affiliations, political connections, and related lending affected lending practices. Distressed firms without any business group affiliations, political connections, or FI affiliations also showed higher leverage growth rates, supporting the claim of poor FI governance.

Keywords: Political lending; Related lending; Business Group Affiliation and Bank Governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G32 G33 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004-08-11
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