M. Suresh Sundaresan

Debt Valuation, Renegotiation, and Optimal Dividend Policy

Coauthor(s): Hua Fan.


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The valuation of debt and equity, reorganization boundaries, and firm's optimal dividend policies are studied in a framework where we model strategic interactions between debt holders and equity holders in a game-theoretic setting which can accommodate varying bargaining powers to the two claimants. Two formulations of reorganization are presented: debt-equity swaps and strategic debt service resulting from negotiated debt service reductions. We study the effects of bond covenants on payout policies and distinguish liquidity-induced defaults from strategic defaults. We derive optimal equity issuance and payout policies. The debt capacity of the firm and the optimal capital structure are characterized.

Source: Review of Financial Studies
Exact Citation:
Fan, Hua, and M. Suresh Sundaresan. "Debt Valuation, Renegotiation, and Optimal Dividend Policy." Review of Financial Studies 13, no. 4 (Winter 2000): 1057-99.
Volume: 13
Number: 4
Pages: 1057-99
Date: Winter 2000