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The role of financial, macroeconomic, and non-financial information in bank loan default timing prediction

Bhimani, Alnoor, Gulamhussen, Mohamed Azzim and da Rocha Lopes, Samuel (2013) The role of financial, macroeconomic, and non-financial information in bank loan default timing prediction. European Accounting Review, 22 (4). pp. 739-763. ISSN 0963-8180

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09638180.2013.770967


We assess the use of bank loan information in predicting the timing to default. We use unique data on defaults in small and medium enterprises maintained by the Central Bank of Portugal which includes financial accounting and macroeconomic indicators, as well as non-financial information. The findings are indicative of the incremental predictive ability of non-financial information over and above macroeconomic and financial accounting information in the baseline, industry, and in- and out-of-sample models. Specifically, total credit secured by firms is, as expected, negatively and significantly related to default. Gross domestic product is negatively and significantly related to default, and benchmark market rate is positively and significantly associated with default. The findings also reveal that firms which are operated by partners, which have stronger financial support from partners, and which possess operational assets exhibit lower hazards of default. The study indicates that non-financial information and macroeconomic indicators assessed alongside financial accounting data can significantly improve the forecasting performance of default models.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 European Accounting Association
Divisions: Accounting
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2013 15:04
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:02
Projects: (PTDC/EGE-ECO/114977/2009)
Funders: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia

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