Article dans une série de papiers de travail :

Augustin Landier et Kenichi Ueda, « True Taxpayer Burden of Bank Restructuring », TSE Working Paper, n°10-238, 5 juin 2009, révision 16 décembre 2010.
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We formalize the taxpayer burden implied by various bank restructuring plans. Even assuming minimal frictions, in spirit of Modigliani and Miller (1958), when debt contracts cannot be changed, transfers from the taxpayer (in a Net Present Value sense) are necessary. Debt holders benefit from a lower default probability and a higher recovery given default. Absent government transfers, their gains imply a decrease in equity value. Shareholders will therefore oppose the restructuring unless they receive transfers from taxpayers. The taxpayer burden consists of the NPV of inflows and outflows of cash needed to persuade shareholders (or bank managers) to accept a change in capital structure. The government’s intervention aims at preventing systemic effects from a default of an important bank, and thus targets a default rate. Due to different implied recovery rates given default, the required transfer amounts vary across restructuring plans that achieve the same target default rate. In this regard, asset sales require more transfers than recapitalization or asset guarantees, because asset sales support a higher recovery rate.

Mots clefs

Bank restructuring, Too big to fail, Bank subsidy, Crisis management

Codes JEL

G21 : Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Mortgages
G28 : Government Policy and Regulation
H12 : Crisis Management

Programmes de recherche

Initiative de recherche Fédération des Banques Françaises sur la banque d'investissement et les marchés financiers

Groupe thématique TSE