International Cross-Listing and Shareholders’ Wealth
Multinational Finance Journal, 2012, Vol. 16, No. 1/2, pp. 49-86
29 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2012 Last revised: 28 May 2013
Date Written: June 30, 2012
This study evaluates the relationship between international cross-listings and shareholders’ wealth across different host markets and across time. For a sample of cross-listings by European companies in the US, in the UK, and within Europe, the findings show that US and UK cross-listings, on average, result in positive cumulative abnormal returns around the announcement of cross-listing. No such evidence exists for the rest of European cross-listings. In addition, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002 affects negatively the wealth benefits of US cross-listings, while wealth creation around UK cross-listings is primarily concentrated in Alternative Investment Market listings rather than Main Market listings. There is no evidence that the introduction of the Euro affects the wealth effects of cross-listings within the Eurozone. Finally, this study provides evidence on the relative importance of alternative theories on the wealth effects of cross-listing, including market segmentation, legal bonding, liquidity, investor recognition, proximity preference, market timing and business strategy theories, after considering the effect of the introduction of the Euro and the adoption of SOX. The results show that significance of the alternative theories varies across host markets and over time.
Keywords: Cross-listing, shareholders’ wealth, Euro, AIM, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
JEL Classification: G15, G14, G32
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