Are the Discounts in Seasoned Equity Offers Due to Inelastic Demand?

30 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2014

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Seth Armitage

University of Edinburgh - Accounting and Finance

Dionysia Dionysiou

University of Stirling

Angelica Gonzalez

University of Edinburgh

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Date Written: June/July 2014

Abstract

This paper investigates the large and diverse discounts in UK open offers and placings. Large discounts are a substantial cost to shareholders who do not buy new shares. The existing literature mainly examines US firm‐commitment offers and private placements. The institutional setting differs in the UK, in ways that make the theory of inelastic demand for shares more important as an explanation for discounts than in the US. The paper finds that inelastic demand, or illiquidity of the issuer's shares, and financial distress, are key determinants of the discount. We expect these results to apply to other stock markets.

Keywords: seasoned equity offer, discount, inelastic demand, open offer, placing

Suggested Citation

Armitage, Seth and Dionysiou, Dionysia and Gonzalez, Angelica, Are the Discounts in Seasoned Equity Offers Due to Inelastic Demand? (June/July 2014). Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Vol. 41, Issue 5-6, pp. 743-772, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2472221 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbfa.12074

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