Do Firms Exploit Mispricing of Their Stock in Their Financing Decisions? Evidence from the Share Lending Market

54 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2021

Date Written: March 24, 2021

Abstract

Short sale constrained stocks are overpriced on average. I use borrowing fees, utilization, and IHS Markit’s DCBS measure as proxies for overpricing. I show that the likelihood that a firm conducts an SEO increases with measures of short sale constraints associated with overpricing even after adjusting for firm identity, excess cash, firm age, and past stock returns. Stocks underperform after an SEO if but only if they were short sale constrained. Firms are far more likely to repurchase shares if the stock is not hard-to-borrow. When firms repurchase hard-to-borrow shares, the firm is usually right and shorts are usually wrong.

Keywords: short selling, seasoned equity offerings, share repurchases

JEL Classification: G14, G32, G24

Suggested Citation

Schultz, Paul, Do Firms Exploit Mispricing of Their Stock in Their Financing Decisions? Evidence from the Share Lending Market (March 24, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3811786 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3811786

Paul Schultz (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

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