Realized Tax Benefits and Capital Structure

Tian-Shyr Dai, Chuan-Ju Wang

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We examine the change of levered firm’s capital structures due to
different investment decisions of realised tax benefits and various sources of fund to finance coupon and dividend payouts. The complexity is analytically intractable but numerical approaches provide insights. Retaining realised tax benefits and investing them in risk-free assets instead of risky ones result in higher debt capacity and optimal firm value. The impact of positive-net-worth bond covenants on shareholders’ investment decisions of realised tax benefits and the related agency problem are analysed. The impact of selling firm’s asset (to finance payout) on optimal levered firm value is also analysed.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)88-109
JournalInternational Journal of Bonds and Derivatives
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


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