Seasoned Equity Offerings: Stock Market Liquidity and the Rights Offer Paradox
Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Forthcoming
42 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2012
Date Written: October 26, 2012
This paper examines the impact of market liquidity on seasoned equity offerings (SEO) characteristics in France. We find that, besides blockholders’ takeup, liquidity is an important determinant of SEO flotation method choice. We document higher direct equity offering flotation costs, but also improved stock market liquidity after public offerings and standby rights relative to uninsured rights. After controlling for endogeneity in the choice of SEO flotation method, we find that pure public offerings and standby rights are comparable in terms of direct costs and liquidity improvement. Our results provide new insights as to why firms choose public offerings despite apparently higher costs.
Keywords: Seasoned equity offering, SEO, flotation method, flotation costs, rights issues, public offerings, liquidity, bid-ask spread
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