Off-Balance Sheet Funding, Voluntary Support and Investment Efficiency

Jing Zeng (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)

April 1, 2019, 12:30–14:00


Room MF 323

Finance Seminar


Financing an investment off-balance sheet gives a bank the option, but not the obligation, to voluntarily support debt repayments using its on-balance sheet funds when the investment fails. Such exibility, which is absent with on-balance sheet funding, allows the bank to signal information about the quality of its future projects, improving investment efficiency. Yet, off-balance sheet funding reduces the bank's skinin-the-game and effort incentives. Off-balance sheet funding with voluntary support is optimal for activities that are rapidly growing or negatively correlated with existing assets. The model yields testable predictions on the relationship between off-balance sheet debt spreads and sponsors' characteristics.