The Effect of Industry–Specialist Auditors on SEO Underpricing Before and After the Global Financial Crisis
50 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2015 Last revised: 30 Aug 2017
Date Written: March 16, 2017
This study examines whether auditors’ industry expertise is negatively associated with underpricing of seasoned equity offerings (SEO) and whether the association between auditors’ industry expertise and SEO underpricing changes around the global financial crisis (GFC). Using a sample of 2,028 SEO observations from 2001 to 2013, we document that in the pre-GFC period, auditors’ industry expertise is negatively associated with SEO underpricing, but not during the post-GFC period. Industry specialist auditors are also associated with higher earnings response coefficients in the pre-GFC period, but not in the post-GFC period. These results suggest that the GFC reduced investor confidence in industry specialist auditors in the capital markets.
Keywords: SEO underpricing, industry specialist auditor, global financial crisis
JEL Classification: G01, G14, G32, M42
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