On the Uniformity of Investment Banking Spreads: The Seven Percent Solution is Not Unique
15 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2002
Date Written: June 12, 2002
We investigate investment bank gross spreads for Hong Kong IPOs during 1991-2000 and find pronounced clustering - nearly 94 percent have spreads of exactly 2.5 percent. This clustering is invariant to issue size and decreases through time. We find that SEO spreads cluster as well - at 2.0 percent and at 2.5 percent. We document institutional features that contribute to the low level of spreads, and provide preliminary evidence that the recent arrival of the book-building process for Hong Kong IPOs has increased the level and decreased the clustering of IPO gross spreads.
Keywords: Initial public offerings, seasoned equity offerings, gross spreads, Hong Kong
JEL Classification: G24, L10
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