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The Rise of Accelerated Seasoned Equity Underwritings


Bernardo Bortolotti


Università di Torino

Scott Smart


Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Finance

William L. Megginson


University of Oklahoma

March 14, 2006

AFA 2007 Chicago Meetings Paper

Abstract:     
Seasoned common stock sales executed through accelerated underwitings have dramatically increased global market share recently. Block trades, bought deals and accelerated bookbuilt offerings have raised over $750 billion since 1998, and now account for over half of U.S. seasoned equity offerings (SEOs) and over two-thirds of European SEOs. We examine 31,242 SEOs, executed around the world during 1991-2004, which raised over $2.6 trillion for issuing firms (in primary offers) and selling shareholders (in secondary offers). Compared to fully marketed deals, the 5,110 accelerated offerings are sold much more rapidly, raise significantly more per offering, have lower underwriting spreads and require fewer underwriting banks. Roughly equal fractions of primary and secondary shares are offered in accelerated deals, whereas newly issued primary shares represent over three-fourths of traditional SEOs. In the United States, accelerated deals (overwhelmingly block trades of shelf-registered, primary shares) have significantly lower spreads, less negative announcement period excess returns than marketed SEOs, and are less underpriced, so their total issuance costs are 300 basis points lower. Total issuance costs for non-US accelerated offers are also significantly lower than for marketed SEOs, but less dramatically so. We conclude that this rapid, worldwide shift towards accelerated underwriting is commoditizing seasoned equity sales, and represents the long-predicted shift towards an auction model for seasoned equity sales.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

Keywords: Investment banking, government policy and regulation, financial policy

JEL Classification: G24, G28, G32

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Date posted: March 14, 2006  

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Bortolotti, Bernardo and Smart, Scott and Megginson, William L., The Rise of Accelerated Seasoned Equity Underwritings (March 14, 2006). AFA 2007 Chicago Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=890640 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.890640

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Bernardo Bortolotti
Università di Torino ( email )
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Scott B. Smart
Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Finance ( email )
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United States
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William L. Megginson (Contact Author)
University of Oklahoma ( email )
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