Dividends, Values and Agency Costs in REITs
Posted: 21 Dec 2012
Date Written: 2012
This study examines the market value of REIT dividends conditional on transparency of operating structure and effectiveness of boards. Results suggest that total, mandatory and discretionary dividends are valued by the market. Consistent with agency cost theory, results provide some evidence that discretionary dividends paid by REITs with greater principal-agent conflicts have greater market value. Specific results suggest an increased value of excess dividends paid by firms with more complex organizational structures (UPREITs) and, to some degree, less independent boards. This evidence implies the equity market recognizes REITs substitution of discretionary dividends for stronger governance.
Keywords: dividends, agency costs, governance, REITs, market value
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