Why Do IPO Firms Conduct Primary Seasoned Equity Offerings?

Posted: 19 May 2003

See all articles by Maretno A. Harjoto

Maretno A. Harjoto

Pepperdine University - Pepperdine Graziadio Business School (PGBS)

John E. Garen

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics

Abstract

This study examines the reason behind the IPO firm's decision to conduct a primary seasoned equity offering (SEO). First, we develop a two-period model of blockholder incentives starting from the IPO stage. The model suggests that the blockholder has an incentive to conduct a SEO after the IPO when the firm is experiencing growth that was not anticipated at the IPO stage. Using a sample of IPO firms during 1992 to 1997, we find that IPO firms with higher unanticipated positive growth are more likely to conduct a SEO during four years after their IPOs. We find that the firm's unanticipated shock and growth positively affect the relative size of the firm's seasoned equity offering. We also find that the firm's risk measure reduces the probability of conducting a SEO and reduces the relative size of a SEO.

Suggested Citation

Harjoto, Maretno Agus and Garen, John E., Why Do IPO Firms Conduct Primary Seasoned Equity Offerings?. The Financial Review, Vol. 38, No. 1, February 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=344080

Maretno Agus Harjoto (Contact Author)

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John E. Garen

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics ( email )

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