|dc.description.abstract||In this thesis, we analyse market-based recovery rates on 78 defaulted high yield bonds
in the Nordic market, during the time-period from May 2014 to September 2016. First, we
estimate market-based recovery rates, defined as the average synthetic bond price from the
default event date to 90 days after the event.
Second, we analyse the bond price development in a time window of 90 days pre-default
to 90 days after each individual default event. In general, our results show a decreasing price
path throughout the time window with no substantial price reaction at the default event date.
In contrast to bankruptcy and non-payment events, we find that distressed exchange events
show an increasing price path after the default event. Additionally, we find that secured bonds
trade at a stable premium compared to unsecured bonds throughout the time window.
Third, we determine the effects of a comprehensive set of variables on recovery rates. We
are able to explain 55.3 per cent of the cross-sectional variation in recovery rates in our best
model. These results reveal that bond characteristics such as outstanding amount and bond
covenants are important determinants of the recovery rate. Furthermore, we note interesting
economic effects for the net debt/EBITDA measure, a balance sheet ratio motivated by credit
risk models. Macroeconomic variables play a lesser role in explaining the variation in recovery
Finally, we analyse the liquidity in 42 of the 78 defaulted bonds during the same time
window. In general, the average trading volume increases towards a peek at the default event
day. Although the amount traded diminishes, trading remains high the following 45 days. After
this point, there are virtually no trading activity.||nb_NO