Anticipating Loss from Proxy Contests

46 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2017  

Jian Huang

Towson University - College of Business and Economics

Gokhan Torna

SUNY at Stony Brook University - College of Business

Date Written: February 22, 2017

Abstract

We empirically investigate the impact of a proxy threat on corporate policies and find that the credibility of a proxy threat encourages incumbent managers to pursue more leveraged, more dividend paying, and less acquisitive policies. We provide the first evidence that the disciplinary effects of proxy contests are not only driven by the credibility of a proxy threat, but also transient. Incumbents reverse policy changes at the expense of outside shareholders once a credible threat of losing a proxy contest disappears.

Keywords: Proxy Contest, Credible Threat, Corporate Policies, Debt, Dividends, Acquisitions

JEL Classification: G3, G31, G34, G35

Suggested Citation

Huang, Jian and Torna, Gokhan, Anticipating Loss from Proxy Contests (February 22, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2922048 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2922048

Jian Huang (Contact Author)

Towson University - College of Business and Economics ( email )

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Gokhan Torna

SUNY at Stony Brook University - College of Business ( email )

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United States
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