Curse and blessing: the effect of the dividend ban on euro area bank valuations and syndicated lending
Emiel Sanders (),
Mathieu Simoens () and
Rudi Vander Vennet
Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium from Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
At the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Central Bank issued a strong recommendation towards banks to halt dividend payouts. The goal of this de facto dividend ban was to boost banks’ capital to ensure the supply of new credit. However, given the importance of dividends for stock market investors, this unprecedented measure is likely to have impacted bank valuations. Hence, banks may have chosen to preserve their higher capital buffers to boost payouts after the lifting of the ban, rendering the intended positive effect on credit supply a priori uncertain. We first investigate the effect of the dividend ban announcement on euro area banks’ valuations and find a significantly negative impact. Second, we assess the effect of the dividend ban on syndicated lending, including potential heterogeneity depending on the stock market reaction. We show that credit supply significantly increased, without counteracting effect of the negative stock market reaction.
Keywords: Covid-19; dividend, euro area banks; market valuation; syndicated lending (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E51 G21 G28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45 pages
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