The Effects of Going Public on Firm Performance and Commercialization Strategy: Evidence from International IPOs

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Borja Larrain

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Gordon M. Phillips

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Giorgo Sertsios

Universidad de los Andes, Chile

Francisco Urzúa I.

City, University of London - Bayes Business School

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Date Written: August 20, 2021

Abstract

We study the effects of going public using a unique panel of firms in 16 European countries for which we observe financial data before and after firms' initial-public-offering (IPO) attempts. We compare firms that complete their IPO with firms that withdraw their IPO. We instrument the going public decision using prior market returns. We find that firm profitability goes up after going public - contrary to previous results in the literature. We also find an post-IPO expansion in the number of subsidiaries and countries in which IPO firms operate. Our results are stronger for firms in financially dependent industries and in countries with higher investor protection consistent with going public relaxing financial constraints and with a stronger impact when agency conflicts are lower. Overall, our results are consistent with going public inducing a shift towards a strategy of commercialization to increase profitability.

Keywords: IPOs, Profitability, Commercialization, Instrumental Variables

JEL Classification: G32

Suggested Citation

Larrain, Borja and Phillips, Gordon M. and Sertsios, Giorgo and Urzua, Francisco, The Effects of Going Public on Firm Performance and Commercialization Strategy: Evidence from International IPOs (August 20, 2021). Tuck School of Business Working Paper No. 3830690, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3830690 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3830690

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Gordon M. Phillips

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Giorgo Sertsios

Universidad de los Andes, Chile ( email )

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Santiago, 12.455
Chile

Francisco Urzua

City, University of London - Bayes Business School ( email )

United Kingdom

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