Do Shareholders Benefit from Green Bonds?
55 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2018 Last revised: 24 Nov 2018
Date Written: November 22, 2018
The green bond market has been growing rapidly worldwide since its debut in 2007. We present the first empirical study on the announcement returns and real effects of green bond issuance by firms in 28 countries during 2007-2017. After compiling a comprehensive international green bond dataset, we document that stock prices positively respond to green bond issuance. However, we do not find a significant premium for green bonds, suggesting that the positive stock returns are not driven by the lower cost of debt. Nevertheless, we show that institutional ownership, especially from domestic institutions, increases after the firm issues green bonds. Moreover, stock liquidity significantly improves upon the issuance of green bonds. Overall, our findings suggest that the firm’s issuance of green bonds is beneficial to its existing shareholders.
Keywords: Green Bonds, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), Institutional Ownership, Stock Liquidity, Investor Attention
JEL Classification: G14, G32, G38, M14
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