Repurchases for Price Impact: Evidence from Fragile Stocks
90 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2021 Last revised: 12 May 2022
Date Written: May 11, 2022
We highlight an important but overlooked characteristic of financial fragility: “fragile” stocks have lower price impact because they are sensitive to non-fundamental liquidity shocks. This reduces their sensitivity to corporate actions with price impact and affects the firms’ incentives to engage in such actions. We show that fragile firms have lower share repurchases, issue more equity, and invest more. We establish causality by relating changes in corporate actions to exogenous changes in fragility induced by mergers of asset managers. Our results suggest that financial fragility has direct but unexpected real implications for corporate actions.
Keywords: Share Repurchases, Liquidity, Financial Fragility, Corporate Investment
JEL Classification: G23, G31, G35
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