Three essays on the financial economics of capital projects

Authors: Tandja Mbianda, Charli
Advisor: Power, GabrielBastien, Josée
Other Title(s): 3 essays on the financial economics of capital projects
Abstract: This thesis is comprised of three Chapters addressing theoretical and empirical issues concerning the financing of capital projects. In the first Chapter, Financial advisor reputation and the cost of debt: evidence from project finance loans, we formulate a theoretical model of the role and impact of financial advisors on large-scale investment project loans, and estimate it using a detailed dataset of project finance loans (Projectware). We test competing hypotheses on the value to project sponsors of financial advisors, and we examine the effects on loan characteristics of using common vs. individual advisors. We find that sponsors hire financial advisors to increase their debt levels rather on reducing asymmetric information between them and prospective lenders. In the second Chapter, Banks as both Advisor and Arranger: cost of debt evidence from project finance loans, we study the resolution of the problem of financial advisor reliability. This chapter examines, using data on project finance loans (Projectware), whether financial advisor involvement in the lending syndicate helps to solve their reliability problem. Using Projectware data on project finance (PF loans between 2001 and 2015, we test three competing hypotheses. Overall, our findings show that projects involving banks playing the dual role of FA and MLA have higher loan spreads with longer debt maturity than those without such banks playing the dual role. In the third Chapter, Real option valuation in a Gollier/Weitzman world: the effect of long-run discount rate uncertainty, we first derive an Ingersoll-Ross-type real option model under Gollier/ Weitzman long-run discount rate uncertainty, and then apply the model to the case of an oil field investment project. We show how long-run real option value and optimal investment timing are affected, and also that the results are consistent with recent evidence on corporate decision-making under incomplete preferences or ambiguity. We find that, compared with DDR, standard models using constant or mean-reverting interest rates undervalue projects and their real options to wait or to abandon.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2018
Open Access Date: 11 July 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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