Chapter

Short-term Debt

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199737413
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199775637 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0009

Series: FMA SURVEY

Short-term Debt

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In this chapter, we analyze alternative sources of short‐term financing, as well as useful criteria for managing them. We start by considering criteria for selecting optimal debt maturity structures. Next, we present alternative sources of short‐term debt, such as bank financing, factoring, asset‐backed securities, letters of credit, commercial paper, and bankers' acceptances. We continue by describing the typical covenants established around debt contracts. Finally, we discuss the optimal number of creditors and the objectives that a firm should consider in order to make this particular choice.

Keywords: corporate finance; working capital management; short‐term debt; bank financing

Chapter.  4252 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Financial Markets

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