The Information Content of Put Warrant Issues
University of Houston - Department of Finance, C.T. Bauer College of Business
College of William and Mary - Mason School of Business
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management
We show that put warrant issues can be used to signal a firm's superior prospects to a market that is not aware of them. One benefit of using put warrants to signal, particularly for growth firms, is that a firm receives cash when sending the signal, instead of paying out cash. We establish conditions under which put warrants are issued in a separating equilibrium. We then test our theory using a new data set on put warrant issues. The data support our model: put warrant issuers strongly outperform their peers in the years after the put warrant issues.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: Put warrants, share repurchases, signaling
JEL Classification: G35, G32, D82
Date posted: July 4, 2004
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