Institutional Ownership and the Rise of Shelf Offerings in U.S. Equity Raisings

59 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2010 Last revised: 19 Sep 2012

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Sigitas Karpavicius

The University of Adelaide

Jo-Ann Suchard

UNSW Business School; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: June 6, 2012


Shelf offerings have become the dominant method of issuing seasoned equity over the last decade. We find that the increased institutional ownership of U.S. public firms and in particular shelf issuers is the key determinant in the shift in SEO issue method over time. The increase in institutional ownership provides additional monitoring and mitigates the under-certification problem induced by shelf offerings and lowers issue costs. Firms with higher institutional ownership have a more elastic demand curve and there is less need for underwriters to build demand through marketing.

Keywords: Shelf registration, Seasoned equity offering, Institutional ownership, Earnings management, Asymmetric information

JEL Classification: D82, G14, G24, G32

Suggested Citation

Karpavicius, Sigitas and Suchard, Jo-Ann and Suchard, Jo-Ann, Institutional Ownership and the Rise of Shelf Offerings in U.S. Equity Raisings (June 6, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Sigitas Karpavicius (Contact Author)

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Jo-Ann Suchard

UNSW Business School ( email )

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