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The Determinants of Capital Structure in Real Estate Investment Trusts

Published in Elsevier
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Pages: 119 - 128

In this paper, I attempt to explain REITs borrowing behavior. With the absence of tax-deductibility advantage, several non-tax-driven benefits of leverage induce REITs managers to issue debt. Accordingly, I diagnose the relative importance of several non-tax-driven benefits of leverage in deriving the capital structure decisions of REITs. Consistent with the pecking order theory of leverage, REITs with higher existing investment use more debt; REITs with higher profitability issue less debt; and REITs with higher expected investment use less debt. I conclude that REITs managers issue debt mainly to avoid issuing equity and to maximize wealth of existing shareholders.

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JournalData powered by TypesetThe Global Journal of Finance and Economics
PublisherData powered by TypesetElsevier
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