Private Placements to Owner-Managers: Theory and Evidence
Posted: 14 Jun 2016
Date Written: 2015
We present an asymmetric information model to examine private placements of equity. Our main conclusion is that allowing private placements to owner-managers can mitigate, if not eliminate, the underinvestment problem. Our model predicts that announcement period returns for private placements should be: (1) positive; (2) dependent on regulatory constraints that determine the issue price; (3) positively related to volatility; (4) negatively related to insider ownership; (5) negatively related to illiquidity; and (6) inversely related to proxies of manipulation. Our model also predicts that: (7) announcements effects for private placements to private equity investors should be lower than that those of private placements to owner- managers. We empirically test our model's predictions, along with others from the literature, on a sample of private placements issued in the Indian capital markets during 2001-2009 and report empirical evidence largely consistent with the model.
Keywords: Private Placement, Preferential Allotment, Business Groups, Underinvestment
JEL Classification: G18
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