Managerial Self-Interest and Strategic Repurchases: Evidence from Equity Vesting Schedules
49 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2017 Last revised: 14 Jul 2018
Date Written: June 29, 2018
This paper studies the strategic use and timing of share repurchases by insiders for personal gain. Using grant level compensation data and a hand-collected sample of monthly repurchases, I find a positive relation between CEO equity sales and share repurchases. I identify the relation using the vesting schedule of equity grants as an instrument for equity sales. This behavior is stronger when the CEO is chairman of the board but otherwise is persistent across firm characteristics. However, these repurchases do not appear to destroy shareholder value. The results indicate managerial self-interest and CEO contracts motivate a subset of share repurchases.
Keywords: Share repurchase; share buyback; payout policy; option and stock grants; equity vesting; CEO incentives; managerial self interest
JEL Classification: G14, G30, G35, M12
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