The Value of Voting Rights to Majority Shareholders: Evidence from Dual Class Stock Unifications
35 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2003
Date Written: January 2004
We study 84 dual class stock uni. cations, where superior vote shareholders gave up their superior voting status (all firm stocks became "one share one vote") and received (in most cases) compensation in the form of additional shares. Unifications are essentially intra-firm transactions of voting rights, and afford observation of the intra-firm assessed price of vote. The price of vote in unifications: 1) increases with the percentage vote lost by the majority shareholders, 2) is higher in family-controlled firms, 3) decreases with institutional investor holdings, and 4) is similar to the "outside" price of vote implicit in the market prices of stocks."
Keywords: Value of vote, majority shareholders, dual class stocks, closely held companies
JEL Classification: G34
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation