This paper hypothesizes that hot convertible debt windows represent periods with lower convertible debt-related financing costs. Supporting this premise, we find that the stock price impact of Western European convertible debt announcements is significantly less negative during hot convertible debt windows. Importantly, this result holds while controlling for equity and straight debt issuance volumes and for macroeconomic conditions. In addition, stockholders are less sensitive to issuer- and issue-specific financing costs during hot convertible debt markets. Overall, these findings indicate that hot convertible debt markets represent windows of opportunity for convertible debt issuance. Firms with high idiosyncratic financing costs act accordingly by timing their convertible debt offering during a hot market.

Convertible debt, Event study, Hot markets
Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies (jel G14), Financing Policy; Capital and Ownership Structure (jel G32),
Journal of Banking & Finance
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Dutordoir, M.D.R.P, & Van de Gucht, L. (2007). Are there windows of opportunity for convertible debt issuance? Evidence for Western Europe. Journal of Banking & Finance, 31(9), 2828–2846. doi:10.1016/j.jbankfin.2007.02.010