This paper investigates the impact of investment characteristics on the financing choice. We investigate instances of seasoned equity, bank debt, straight non-bank debt, and convertible issues by U.S. firms where the stated use of proceeds is capital expenditure and where we are able to hand-collect and classify the characteristics of the investment. Controlling for a firm’s existing assets, capital structure and valuation, we document a strong empirical link between an investment’s characteristics and the choice between debt and equity financing. Factor analysis indicates that the principal determinant of the financing choice is whether an investment’s payoffs can be described as a hit or miss.

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Journal of Corporate Finance
Department of Business Economics

Verwijmeren, P, & Grundy, B.D. (2020). The external financing of investment. Journal of Corporate Finance, Accepted. doi:10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2020.101745