||Cost Stickiness and Bank Loan Contracting
||Department of Accountancy
Asymmetric cost behavior
Motivated by recent literature regarding that firm’s asymmetric cost behavior brings to several economic effects. This paper offers the evidence that banks will take firm’s sticky costs into consideration when pricing bank loans. To be more specific, firms with stickier cost are charged at higher loan spreads. This finding is consistent with the argument that greater decrease in cash flows due to sticky costs (when sales decline) increases the downside distribution of profit streams, thereby resulting in higher default risk. The results also indicate that the impact of cost stickiness is weaker in situations where there is a positive growth prospect about a firm’s future. Since bank loan is a major source of corporate financing for publicly traded firms, the results have important implications on our understanding of the economic consequences of asymmetric behavior of costs.
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