From the Abstract: "Data on firm-loan-level daily credit line drawdowns in the United States expose a corporate 'dash for cash' induced by the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. In the first phase of the crisis, which was characterized by extreme precaution and heightened aggregate risk, all firms drew down bank credit lines and raised cash levels. In the second phase, which followed the adoption of stabilization policies, only the highest-rated firms switched to capital markets to raise cash. Consistent with the risk of becoming a fallen angel, the lowest-quality BBB-rated firms behaved more similarly to non-investment grade firms. The observed corporate behavior reveals the significant impact of credit risk on corporate cash holdings."
NBER Working Paper No. 27601; National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 27601
2020 Viral V. Acharya and Sascha Steffen. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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