Explaining the Short- and Long-Term IPO Anomalies in the US by R&D

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Re-Jin Guo

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Finance

Baruch Lev

New York University - Stern School of Business

Charles Shi

NUS Business School, National University of Singapore

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Date Written: August 1, 2005

Abstract

Financial scholars who research the initial underpricing and long-term underperformance of IPOs generally attribute these phenomena to information asymmetry and investors' misevaluations. Here, we identify, on a sample of 2,696 US IPOs issued during 1980-1995, a widespread source of information asymmetry and valuation uncertainty - the R&D activities of issuers - and document that these activities significantly affect both the initial underpricing of IPOs (R&D is positively correlated with underpricing) and their long-term performance (R&D is positively related to long-term performance). Given the pervasiveness and constant growth of firms' R&D activities in modern economies, our identification of R&D as a major factor affecting IPO's performance contributes to the understanding of this important economic and capital market phenomenon.

Keywords: R&D, IPO's performance, information asymmetry, investor optimism

Suggested Citation

Guo, Re-Jin J. and Lev, Baruch Itamar and Shi, Charles, Explaining the Short- and Long-Term IPO Anomalies in the US by R&D (August 1, 2005). NYU Working Paper No. 2451/27474, UIC College of Business Administration Research Paper No. 08-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1280695 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1280695

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