Does derivatives use reduce the cost of equity?

Ahmed, Shamim and Judge, Amrit and Mahmud, Syed Ehsan (2018) Does derivatives use reduce the cost of equity? International Review of Financial Analysis, 60. pp. 1-16.

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This paper examines the impact of hedging on the cost of equity capital. Using hand-collected data on derivatives use for a sample of German non-financial firms, we find that user firms have a 109 basis point lower industry-adjusted cost of equity than non-users. This reduction in the cost of equity of users is attributable to their lower market, size, and value risk factor exposures. The observed negative relation between derivatives use and the cost of equity remains robust to specifications that account for potential endogeneity arising from a firm's derivatives hedging and capital structure decisions. We find that the reduction in the cost of equity is largest for smaller firms and for firms making use of foreign currency and interest rate derivatives. Moreover, new derivatives users experience a significant reduction in the cost of equity in the first year of adoption. Finally, using expected default frequency data, we show direct evidence that firms' derivatives use reduces financial distress risk.

Item Type: Article
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Date: 13 September 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: Derivatives, Risk management, Asset pricing, Financial distress risk.
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N300 Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Depositing User: Bruce Philp
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2018 18:43
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2020 03:00

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