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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Empirical Finance, Volume 18, Issue 2, March 2011, Pages 175–194
In this paper, we identify and document the empirical characteristics of the key drivers of convertible arbitrage as a strategy and how they impact the performance of convertible arbitrage hedge funds. We show that the returns of a buy-and-hedge strategy involving taking a long position in convertible bonds (“CBs”) while hedging the equity risk alone explains a substantial amount of these funds' return dynamics. In addition, we highlight the importance of non-price variables such as extreme market-wide events and the supply of CBs on performance. Out-of-sample tests provide corroborative evidence on our model's predictions. At a more micro level, larger funds appear to be less dependent on directional exposure to CBs and more active in shorting stocks to hedge their exposure than smaller funds. They are also more vulnerable to supply shocks in the CB market. These findings are consistent with economies of scale that large funds enjoy in accessing the stock loan market. However, the friction involved in adjusting the stock of risk capital managed by a large fund can negatively impact performance when the supply of CBs declines. Taken together, our findings are consistent with convertible arbitrageurs collectively being rewarded for playing an intermediation role of funding CB issuers whilst distributing part of the equity risk of CBs to the equity market.
At the turn of the century, capitalization of the global convertible bond (“CB”) market stood at just under $300 billion while the US equity market was more than 50 times higher at over $1.5 trillion. Yet during the difficult market conditions between 2000 and 2002 (with events such as end to the dotcom bubble, September 11, and the accounting scandals at Worldcom and Enron), the new issues in both these markets were of similar orders of magnitude—close to $300 billion. Even during the financial crisis of 2007–2008, firms managed to raise about $118 billion in the US CB market.4 This underscores the importance of the CB market as a source of capital for corporations during adverse economic conditions.5 To smooth the placement of such a large-scale issuance of CBs, economic agents willing to assume the inventory risk are clearly needed. Coincident to these macro events, the last decade has witnessed a rapid growth of convertible arbitrage (“CA”) hedge funds. In spite of the rapid growth, assets employed by the convertible arbitrage strategy averaged around 4.51% of assets across all hedge fund strategies between December 1993 and June 2007 (Lipper-TASS Asset Flow Report). On the other hand, Mitchell et al. (2007) point out that convertible arbitrage and other hedge funds make up about 75% of the convertible market. Accounts in the financial press support this view; for example, Pulliam (2004) notes that in 2003, CA hedge funds purchased about 80% of newly issued convertible bonds. Brown et al. (2010) document that a large fraction of convertible issues are sold to hedge funds by issuers with greater stock volatility and higher probability of financial distress thereby avoiding high costs of issuing equity—costs that are likely to rise during poor market condition. Although CA funds are typically not among the largest hedge funds in terms of assets under management (being naturally limited by the supply of CBs in the market), CA hedge funds do play a significant role in funding the convertible bond market. In this paper, we posit that a typical CA hedge fund manager assumes the role of an intermediary—financing the CB issuers while distributing part of the equity risk of CB ownership to the equity market through delta hedging. To test our hypothesis, we explicitly model a commonly used trading strategy that gives us direct insight into the performance of CA hedge funds. Specifically, we assume that CA hedge funds take a long position in the CBs and mitigate the inherent equity risk by shorting the equity of the CB issuers. We demonstrate empirically that such a model explains a substantial amount of CA hedge funds' return dynamics. More specifically, our model encompasses both passive and active CB trading styles. The passive component is similar to the “buy-and-hold” strategy commonly used by mutual funds, while the active component resembles the “buy-and-hedge” strategy used by hedge funds. The passive component differs from the active component in two dimensions—leverage and risk management. Since mutual funds rarely use leverage (e.g., Almazán et al. (2004)), the amount of liquidity they provide to CB issuers is limited to the amount of assets they manage. In contrast, through the use of leverage, CA hedge funds can purchase a quantity of CBs well in excess of their capital and therefore can provide greater liquidity to the CB issuers.6 From a risk management perspective, unlike CB mutual funds that typically do not short securities, CA hedge funds can hedge the equity risk embedded in the CBs by shorting stocks. Thus, unlike mutual funds, CA hedge funds can use leverage and provide much more liquidity to CB issuers at only moderate levels of overall portfolio risk. We capture these two dimensions by specifying a “buy-and-hedge” strategy, which involves buying CBs at issuance and holding them until maturity (or till the end of our sample period, whichever is earlier) and shorting the shares of the CB issuers to hedge the equity risk.7 As a funding intermediary for CB issuers, a convertible arbitrageur's performance depends on the supply of CBs as well as discrete liquidity events such as the Long Term Capital Management (LTCM) crisis. The supply of CBs will affect the investment opportunities and therefore profitability of CA funds. Liquidity events can negatively impact CA funds' ability to borrow short-term capital from brokers and raise long-term capital from investors thereby adversely affecting their ability to effectively implement the CA strategy. Therefore, liquidity events can also affect the risk appetite of arbitrageurs. We test these hypotheses by incorporating the impact of changes in supply conditions and major market events while modeling the return of CA hedge funds. Using the daily prices of 1646 US CBs from January 1993 to April 2003, we have five major findings. First, we show that a combination of buy-and-hold and buy-and-hedge strategies explains a significant proportion of the variation in CA hedge fund returns. In addition, we show empirically that the returns of CA hedge funds are positively related to the supply of CBs. Second, responding to adverse liquidity events, we show that after the LTCM crisis, CA hedge funds do reduce their reliance on the buy-and-hold strategy thereby paring their directional exposure to the CB market. Third, combining both supply conditions and market events, we find alpha on average to be either insignificantly different from zero or significantly negative. At first glance, persistent negative alphas appear to be at odds with the growth in CA funds. We show empirically that these observed negative alphas depend on the assumption underlying the monetization of specific measures of CB supply. Put differently, conventional measures of alpha can be associated with the reward for providing liquidity to issuers of CBs. Fourth, we find that larger funds rely more on the buy-and-hedge factor relative to the buy-and-hold factor, and are affected more by supply shocks. This is consistent with economies of scale that large funds enjoy in accessing the stock loan market. However, the friction involved in adjusting the stock of risk capital managed by a large fund can negatively impact performance when the supply of CBs declines. Finally, going beyond the data used to calibrate our model which ended in April 2003, we are able to corroborate the in-sample results by using a different out-of-sample data source spanning the period May 2003 to June 2007. Our paper contributes to the growing literature on identifying risk factors that drive different hedge fund strategies' returns such as trend-following strategy (Fung and Hsieh (2001)), merger arbitrage strategy (Mitchell and Pulvino (2001)), equity-oriented hedge fund strategies (Agarwal and Naik (2004)), equity pairs trading strategy (Gatev et al. (2006)), and fixed income arbitrage strategy (Duarte et al., 2007 and Fung and Hsieh, 2004). Our empirical findings complement the recent work of Choi et al., 2009 and Choi et al., 2010. Choi et al. (2009) find that short selling of equity securities by CA hedge funds improves stock liquidity but does not affect price efficiency after CB issuance. Choi et al. (2010) analyze how the supply of capital from CA funds affects CB issuance activity. In this paper, we show in an integrated framework that CA hedge funds short stocks as part of their risk management process, as distinct from speculative motives, and that the supply of CB issuance in turn impacts these funds' performance. The rest of the paper is organized as follows. Section 2 describes the data. Section 3 outlines the models of CA strategies used by CA hedge funds. Section 4 provides a description of our empirical methodology and our findings during the sample period. Section 5 discusses the results from fund level regressions. Section 6 describes findings from our out-of-sample analysis and Section 7 concludes the paper.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In this paper, we provide a rare glimpse into the strategies used by convertible arbitrageurs. We posit that these arbitrageurs assume the role of an intermediary that provides capital to the CB issuers while transmitting the equity risk of CB ownership to the equity market through delta hedging. Using daily data from the underlying convertible bond and stock markets in the US, we compute the returns to a buy-and-hedge strategy, which involves taking a long position in the convertible bonds and hedging the equity risk by shorting the shares of CB issuers. We show that such a strategy together with a simple buy-and-hold strategy can explain a large proportion of the return variation in convertible arbitrage hedge funds. In addition, our results reveal the important role played by supply conditions in determining the returns of convertible arbitrage hedge funds. Furthermore, we show that convertible arbitrageurs are sensitive to extreme market events such as the LTCM crisis. In response to such events, we demonstrate that there can be an increase in the risk aversion of economic agents, which results in less reliance on the buy-and-hold strategy. Examining the returns of individual convertible arbitrage funds uncovers interesting cross-sectional variation in the use of buy-and-hedge strategy and the impact of CB supply. Larger funds tend to rely more on the buy-and-hedge strategy and exhibit less directional exposure to CBs, which is consistent with the economies of scale they enjoy in accessing the stock loan market. Large funds also are more vulnerable to supply shocks, which is suggestive of frictions involved in adjusting the stock of risk capital in response to the decline in CB supply. Finally, out-of-sample analysis using investable CA portfolios and factors confirm that our key findings persist in more recent times as well as with real-life portfolios. Taken together, these results suggest that convertible arbitrageurs collectively play the role of an intermediary who provides funding to convertible bond issuers whilst transferring the equity risk of CB ownership to the equity market through hedging. This conclusion appears to be robust to sample periods as well as the frictions of investing in CA funds.