The Information Content of IPO Prospectuses
Kathleen Weiss Hanley
University of Maryland
University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business
October 15, 2009
Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 23, p. 2821-2864, 2010
AFA 2010 Atlanta Meetings Paper
Using word content analysis, we decompose information in the IPO prospectus into its standard and informative components. Greater informative content, as a proxy for pre-market due diligence, results in more accurate offer prices and less underpricing because it decreases the issuing firm’s reliance on bookbuilding to price the issue. The opposite is true for standard content. Greater content from high reputation underwriters and issuing firm managers, through Management’s Discussion and Analysis, contribute to the informativeness of the prospectus. Our results suggest that pre-market due diligence and disclosure by underwriters and issuers can serve as a substitute for costly bookbuilding.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 54
Keywords: IPOs, Disclosure, Underpricing, Initial Public Offerings, Book Building, Due Diligence, Equity Offerings
Date posted: January 15, 2009 ; Last revised: January 22, 2012
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