Do Multiple Credit Ratings Reduce Money Left on the Table? Evidence from U.S. IPOs

63 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2019 Last revised: 11 Feb 2020

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Marc Goergen

IE Business School, IE University; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Dimitrios Gounopoulos

University of Bath

Panagiotis Koutroumpis

Queen Mary University London; Georgia Institute of Technology

Date Written: February 10, 2020

Abstract

We examine initial public offerings (IPOs) with single, multiple, and no credit ratings. We document a beneficial effect of credit ratings provided by the three main credit rating agencies on IPO underpricing, which is amplified by the existence of multiple credit ratings. Credit rating levels matter for IPOs with more than one rating but not for those with a single rating. Multi-rated firms also have higher probabilities of survival than those with a single or no rating. Finally, IPOs awarded a first credit rating on the borderline between investment and non-investment grade are more likely to seek an additional rating.

Keywords: Initial public offerings (IPOs); credit ratings; IPO underpricing; survivorship

JEL Classification: G10, G14, G39

Suggested Citation

Goergen, Marc and Gounopoulos, Dimitrios and Koutroumpis, Panagiotis, Do Multiple Credit Ratings Reduce Money Left on the Table? Evidence from U.S. IPOs (February 10, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3358474 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3358474

Marc Goergen

IE Business School, IE University ( email )

Finance Department
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Spain

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Dimitrios Gounopoulos (Contact Author)

University of Bath ( email )

School of Management,
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Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Panagiotis Koutroumpis

Queen Mary University London ( email )

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Graduate Centre, Mile End Campus
London, E14NS
United Kingdom
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Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )

Atlanta, GA 30332
United States

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