Missing the Boat: Lengthy Regulatory Approval Diminishes Investment Opportunities at the Project Level

62 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2020 Last revised: 1 Mar 2021

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Qiaozhi Ye

National University of Singapore

Ronghong Huang

University of Queensland - Business School

Kelvin Jui Keng Tan

University of Queensland - Business School; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: July 4, 2020

Abstract

By using unique hand-collected project-level investment data, we show that lengthy equity issuance regulation is positively related to the probability of subsequent project changes and a deterioration in project returns. The effects are more pronounced for firms in a highly competitive industry and with a comparative disadvantage. We further establish that this relationship is causal by exploiting the exogenous shock to approval delay caused by changes in the China Securities Regulation Commission chairman. In response, equity issuers mitigate the delay impact by temporarily increasing short-term debt. Finally, we show that the traditional firm-level investment data fail to detect such effects.

Keywords: Corporate Investment, Project Financing, Private Investment in Public Equity, Equity Issuance Regulation, Regulatory Approval Delay, Regulatory Financing Constraints

JEL Classification: G3, G14, G38

Suggested Citation

Ye, Qiaozhi and Huang, Ronghong and Tan, Kelvin Jui Keng, Missing the Boat: Lengthy Regulatory Approval Diminishes Investment Opportunities at the Project Level (July 4, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3643380 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3643380

Qiaozhi Ye (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore ( email )

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Ronghong Huang

University of Queensland - Business School ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Kelvin Jui Keng Tan

University of Queensland - Business School ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN) ( email )

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

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