How Economic Policy Uncertainty Affects the Cost of Raising Equity Capital: Evidence from Seasoned Equity Offerings
48 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2017 Last revised: 26 Jun 2019
Date Written: June 24, 2019
Economic policy uncertainty (EPU) increases the cost of raising equity capital, especially when the economy is weak. A one standard deviation increase in the EPU index developed by Baker, Bloom, and Davis (2016) is associated with a 43 basis point increase in the price discount of seasoned equity offerings (SEOs) during the recent 2000-2014 period. The cross-sectional analysis shows that the EPU effect on SEO discounts is stronger for firms with greater dependence on government spending, less informative stock price, or a smaller EPU beta. Moreover, there are fewer SEO activities in periods when there is a high degree of policy uncertainty.
Keywords: Economic Policy Uncertainty; Seasoned Equity Offerings; SEO Discounts
JEL Classification: G24; G32; G38
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