Terrorist Attacks, Investor Sentiment, and the Pricing of Initial Public Offerings

61 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2019 Last revised: 2 Sep 2020

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Yangyang Chen

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Accountancy

Abhinav Goyal

University College Cork

Madhu Veeraraghavan

T.A. PAI Management Institute, Finance Area

Leon Zolotoy

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Business School

Date Written: September 2, 2020

Abstract

Using terrorist attacks as exogenous shocks to investor sentiment, we study the impact of investor sentiment on initial public offering (IPO) pricing. IPOs listed within the 30-day period following terrorist attacks, on average, experience lower first-day returns. The documented impact of terrorist attacks is magnified when there is greater IPO valuation uncertainty and when the terrorist attacks are more salient to investors, while mitigated for IPOs “certified” by reputable intermediaries. We also show that the affected IPOs, on average, have more pessimistic media tone in the post-attack/pre-listing day period. The affected IPOs also tend to have lower levels of price revisions, subscriptions, and total proceeds. Collectively, our findings underscore the salience of investor sentiment in shaping IPO outcomes.

Keywords: terrorist attacks, investor sentiment, IPO pricing

JEL Classification: G10, G11, G14

Suggested Citation

Chen, Yangyang and Goyal, Abhinav and Veeraraghavan, Madhu and Zolotoy, Leon, Terrorist Attacks, Investor Sentiment, and the Pricing of Initial Public Offerings (September 2, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3426970 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3426970

Yangyang Chen (Contact Author)

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Madhu Veeraraghavan

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Leon Zolotoy

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Business School ( email )

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