How Firms Choose their Capital Structures

We have argued that firms should choose the mix of debt and equity by trading off the benefit of borrowing against the costs. There are, however, three alternative views of how firms choose a financing mix. The first is that the choice between debt and equity is determined by where a firm is in the growth life cycle. High-growth firms will tend to use debt less than more mature firms. The second is that firms choose their financing mix by looking at other firms in their business. The third view is that firms have strong preferences in for the kinds of financing they prefer to use, i.e. a financing hierarchy, and that they deviate from these preferences only when they have no choice. We will argue that, in each of these approaches, firms still implicitly make the trade off between costs and benefits, though the assumptions needed for each approach to work are different.

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