Managerial Timing and Corporate Liquidity: Evidence from Actual Share Repurchases
Posted: 2 Dec 2000
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the timing of open market share repurchases and its resultant impact on corporate liquidity. We identify the exact implementation dates for over 5,000 equity buybacks on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong between November 1991 and August 1999. A bootstrapping method is used to distinguish managerial timing ability from a naive accumulation plan. The results show that managers exhibit substantial timing ability. Consistent with the information-asymmetry hypothesis (Barclay and Smith (1988 Journal of Financial Economics 22, 61-82)), we find strong evidence that bid-ask spreads widen and depths narrow during repurchase periods. We further decompose bid-ask spreads and show that the adverse selection component increases substantially when market participants respond to the presence of informed managerial trading. Overall, our market timing, spread and depth, and decomposition results reveal a coherent picture of managerial buyback behavior and its impact on firm liquidity. Our results have significant implications for corporate payout and disclosure policies.
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JEL Classification: G350
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