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The Short-Run Underpricing of Initial Public Offerings in the Sri Lankan Stock Market

38 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2010 Last revised: 18 Nov 2010

Lalith P. Samarakoon

University of St. Thomas

Date Written: July 19, 2010

Abstract

This study investigates underpricing of IPOs in Sri Lanka. On average, IPOs are underpriced by 34%. Small issues are more underpriced than large issues, and privatization issues are more underpriced than conventional issues. Investor sentiment is positively related with underpricing and affects small and large issues similarly. Small privatization issues are more underpriced than large privatization issues and partially explain the asymmetry in underpricing between small and large issues. However, even after controlling for investor sentiment, privatization, hot-market conditions, underwriter-size, and industry, small issues remain more underpriced than large issues. The results strongly support the uncertainty hypothesis for larger underpricing of small issues, and privatization issues.

Keywords: IPO, Underpricing, Issue Size, Privatization, Sri Lanka, Colombo Stock Exchange

JEL Classification: G14, G15, G32

Suggested Citation

Samarakoon, Lalith P., The Short-Run Underpricing of Initial Public Offerings in the Sri Lankan Stock Market (July 19, 2010). Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Vol 20, pp. 197-213, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1645279

Lalith P. Samarakoon (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas ( email )

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St. Paul, MN 55105
United States

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