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What's my Share? The Use of Borrower Accounting Information by Loan Syndicate Participants

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Title:What's my Share? The Use of Borrower Accounting Information by Loan Syndicate Participants
Authors:Sabrina Chi
Hengda Jin
Edward Owens
Karen Ton
Keywords:Moral Hazard
Adverse Selection
Syndicated Loans
Loan Participants
Date Issued:09 Aug 2020
Abstract:Participant lenders in syndicated loans depend on information collected by the lead lender for borrower screening and monitoring, as the lead lender is primarily responsible for ex-ante due diligence in evaluating borrowers. This gives rise to both moral hazard and adverse selection concerns within the syndicate. We investigate whether participant lenders independently acquire borrower accounting reports to help mitigate these information frictions. We find that participant lenders' SEC EDGAR searches of borrower filings are positively associated with their shares of the syndicated loan, consistent with mitigation of intra-syndicate information asymmetry. This association is stronger for current period filings and 10-K/Qs, and weaker when the lead lender has a better reputation and when the borrower's information environment is richer. This novel direct evidence enhances our understanding of the role of accounting information in facilitating deal formation in syndicated loan markets.
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