How Management Risk Affects Corporate Debt

Abstract: Management risk, which reflects uncertainty about the management’s value added, is an important yet unexplored determinant of a firm’s default risk and debt pricing. CDS spreads, loan spreads and bond yield spreads all increase at the time of management turnover, when management risk is highest, and decline over the first three years of CEO and CFO tenure, regardless of the reason for the turnover. These effects all vary with the ex ante uncertainty about the new management. Understanding the effects of management risk on corporate liabilities has a number of implications for the pricing of liabilities and corporate financial management.

Author: Yihui Pan, Tracy Yue Wang, Michael S. Weisbach

Date: May 15, 2016

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