Debt Financing, Corporate Financial Intermediaries and Firm Valuation

  • Author(s): J. R. FRANKS, J. J. PRINGLE
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 751-761
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1982.tb02221.x


In this paper we consider the role of financial intermediaries in the valuation of firms and projects. We show that security prices should reflect both used and unused debt capacity if some corporations can act as financial intermediaries and can capture the tax benefits of debt capacity unused by the operating firm. We also provide some reasons why the value of the firm might be increased if the financing and operating risks of the firm are separated and financial intermediaries issue debt rather than the unit operating the asset.

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