Long-Run Performance and Insider Trading in Completed and Canceled Seasoned Equity Offerings
27 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2011
Date Written: September 3, 2000
This paper provides evidence on managerial motives for raising equity by examining long-run performance and insider trading around canceled and completed seasoned equity offerings (SEOs). Insider selling increases prior to completed and canceled SEOs, but declines afterward only for canceled offerings. For completed SEOs, pre-filing insider trading is related to long-run performance after completion. For canceled SEOs, pre-filing insider trading is related to stock performance between filing and cancellation. Finally, changes in insider trading around SEO filing effect the probability of cancellation. Overall, the evidence is consistent with insiders exploiting windows of opportunity by attempting to issue overvalued equity, and canceling the issue when the market reaction to the announcement eliminates the overvaluation.
Keywords: SEOs, Insider Trading, Long-Run Performance
JEL Classification: G32
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