The Choice between Rights Offerings and Private Equity Placements
42 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2001
Date Written: November 2004
We develop and test a nested logit model to examine how firms choose between a rights offering and a private equity placement. We find that family-controlled firms avoid issue methods that dilute control benefits or subject them to more monitoring, in particular when the family's control margin is small and the wedge between votes and capital is large. Control considerations also affect security design in equity issues. We also find that firms use private placements to reduce contracting and ex post holdup costs in new product market relationships. Finally, we find that firms with higher asymmetric information about firm value are more likely to involve underwriter certification in a rights offering, and to choose a private placement when information asymmetries are extreme.
Keywords: Seasoned equity offerings, Equity issue methods, Rights offerings, Private placements
JEL Classification: G32, G34
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