Why Do Family Business Groups Expand by Creating New Public Firms? The Role of Internal Capital Markets

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Ronald W. Masulis

University of New South Wales - Australian School of Business; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Financial Research Network (FIRN); National University of Singapore (NUS) - Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER)

Peter K. Pham

Australian School of Business - University of New South Wales; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Jason Zein

UNSW Business School; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: August 27, 2017

Abstract

Using data from 44 countries, we document a new channel through which a family business group's internal capital market supports its members. We find that groups use internal capital to incubate difficult-to-finance projects, making it feasible for them to rapidly scale up, thus facilitating their IPO market access. This IPO support role is particularly valuable in circumstances where groups find capital raising through IPOs more attractive than SEOs for control-retention reasons, and in markets with high new-firm financing barriers. Unlike carve-outs employed as a corporate restructuring strategy, group-affiliated IPOs appear to primarily serve groups' expansion goals rather than liquidation needs.

Keywords: Business Groups, Internal Capital Markets, Financing Constraints, IPOs

JEL Classification: G32

Suggested Citation

Masulis, Ronald W. and Pham, Peter Kien and Zein, Jason, Why Do Family Business Groups Expand by Creating New Public Firms? The Role of Internal Capital Markets (August 27, 2017). ECGI - Finance Working Paper No. 523/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2515164 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2515164

Ronald W. Masulis

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Peter Kien Pham

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