Are Buybacks Good for Long-Term Shareholder Value? Evidence from Buybacks around the World
65 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2013 Last revised: 24 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 7, 2018
Using a sample of over 9,000 buyback announcements from 31 non-U.S. countries, we find support for the results of studies based on U.S. data: on average, share repurchases are associated with significant positive short-term and long-term excess returns. However, excess returns depend on the likelihood of undervaluation, the efficiency and liquidity of equity markets, and the popularity of stock option compensation. In contrast to findings in U.S. markets, we do not find that these long-term excess returns are simply a compensation for takeover risk or have become less significant in recent years.
Keywords: buyback, share repurchase, governance, market timing, agency problems, global regulation
JEL Classification: G3
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