Capital Structure Decisions and the Optimal Design of Corporate Market Debt Programs

Lionel Martellini, Vincent Milhau, Andrea Tarelli

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Abstract

This paper provides a joint quantitative analysis of capital structure decisions (debt versus equity) and debt structure decisions (fixed-rate debt versus floating-rate debt or inflation-linked debt) in a continuous-time setting. We show that optimizing the debt structure has an impact on capital structure decisions, and leads to increases in leverage ratios compared to a pure fixed-rate debt program. We also find that for realistic parameter values, jointly optimizing the debt and capital structures generates a significant increase in firm value with respect to a situation where only the capital structure is optimized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-167
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Corporate Finance
Volume49
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Capital structure
  • Debt structure
  • Inflation risk
  • Interest rate risk

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