Shareholder Returns from Supplying Trade Credit
Finance, Real Estate, and Business Law
We examine shareholder wealth implications of supplying financing to customers. Robust results suggest that excess returns and changes in trade receivables are directly and significantly related. Further evidence indicates the value of receivables is higher for suppliers with stronger motives relating to operating and contracting costs. The results also suggest a discounted value of receivables for financially unconstrained firms. Overall, we conclude that investors recognize trade credit as an effective instrument in mitigating frictions hindering sales growth. Thus, certain suppliers are positioned to derive increased strategic benefits from credit policy.
Hill, M. D.,
Kelly, G. W.,
Lockhart, G. B.
(2012). Shareholder Returns from Supplying Trade Credit. Financial Management, 41(1), 255-280.
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