Inferring Accounting Information from Corporate Financing Choices: An Examination of Security Issuances in the Banking Industry

Marguerite L. Bishop, Thomas Lys

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Abstract

This study examines the impact of regulatory capital and several of its determinants (i.e., earnings, loan loss provisions, charge-offs and growth) on bank managers' financing decisions and investors' interpretations of those decisions. The analysis is related to two streams of research. We add to the corporate finance literature that seeks to explain the market's reaction to security issuances by developing and testing a refined set of predictions of the demand for debt and equity capital using a sample of capital-regulated firms (banks). We extend the accounting literature that links regulatory capital-management decisions with bank performance by examining whether investors infer that performance. We find that bank managers' financing choices reflect their private information regarding the levels of regulatory capital, earnings, and charge-offs in the issuance year. We document a negative market reaction to capital-increasing issuances and a positive reaction to capitaldecreasing issuances. A cross-sectional analysis of that market reaction indicates that investors infer managers' expectations of earnings in the issuance year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-423
Number of pages27
JournalContemporary Accounting Research
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Accounting
  • Banks
  • Capital regulation
  • Security issuances

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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