The Determinants of Up-Front Fees on Bank Loans to LDC Sovereigns

Jul 2001 | 75

Authors: Issam Hallak

The paper explores the determinants of up-front fees on sovereign bank loans. Remuneration of bank loans is typically channelled through the floating interest benchmark, the interest spread, and a battery of fees. There is substantial evidence of the spread paying for long-run sovereign repayment capacity. Little is known, however, about the role of the fees paid up-front. Based on a uniquely extensive sample of LDCs sovereign loan contracts, this study provides substantial evidence of up-front fees capturing the costs due to the expected renegotiations and agency issues. This contradicts previous studies based on spreads only, predicting a pricing difference between public and private debt to LDCs sovereigns.

JEL Codes: F34, G21

Keywords: sovereign debt, syndicated loans, up-front fees, pricing design, less-developed countries

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