Inventory-constrained underwriters and corporate bond offerings

Florian Nagler, Giorgio Ottonello

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Abstract

We empirically study how inventory constraints of underwriters affect corporate bond offerings. Using underwriter-insurer-level transaction data, we find that a more constrained underwriter is more likely to place a bond and increases the allocation in the primary market to an insurer with a stronger preexisting relationship. The same underwriter is also more likely to buy back part of an allocation from the same insurer within 6 to 12 months after an offering. Overall, by “parking” inventory to relationship investors in the primary market, underwriters mitigate the effect of their inventory constraints on firms’ bond financing costs. (JEL G12, G32)
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Review of Asset Pricing Studies
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Jan 2022

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