Quotation Dangl, Thomas, Zechner, Josef. 2004. Credit Risk and Dynamic Capital Structure Choice. Journal of Financial Intermediation. 13 (2), 183-204.




This paper analyzes the effect of dynamic capital structure adjustments on credit risk. Firms may optimally adjust their leverage in response to stochastic changes in firm value. It is shown that capital structure dynamics lower optimal initial leverage ratios but increase both, fair credit spreads and expected default probabilities for moderate levels of transactions costs. Numerical examples demonstrate that expected default frequencies do not decrease monotonically in the traditional distance to default measure. The magnitude of the effect of capital structure dynamics depends on firm characteristics such as asset volatility, the growth rate, the effective corporate tax rate, debt call features and transactions costs. We find that the underestimation of credit spreads and expected default frequencies is exacerbated when the risk-adjusted drift of the underlying stochastic process is inferred from a model which ignores the opportunity to recapitalize. Finally it is shown that the Value-at- Risk of corporate bonds increases with the distance to default (DD) both for very low and for very high values of DD whereas it decreases for intermediate values. Key words: risk management, credit risk, capital structure JEL: G3, G2, G32, G28, G38


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Financial Intermediation
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-A, VW-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Credit Risk and Dynamic Capital Structure Choice
Volume 13
Number 2
Year 2004
Page from 183
Page to 204
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1042-9573(03)00057-3
Open Access N


Zechner, Josef (Details)
Dangl, Thomas (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
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