We study underwriting relationships in the floating rate debt market, where many issuers have a large number of offerings. We find that frequent issuers maintain close relationship with only three to five underwriters and pay significantly less underwriting fees than infrequent issuers. The findings are consistent with the notion that starting an underwriting relationship requires expenses for information production. We also find that an issuer’s first underwriter has a cost advantage over later-comers in competing for the issuer’s business. As a result, the first underwriter wins a larger share of the issuer’s business.
Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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