Actual Share Repurchase and Corporate Liquidity
39 Pages Posted: 12 May 2004
Date Written: September 2003
Research into the impact of open market share repurchases has been hindered by the lack of data available on actual share repurchases in many countries, including the U.S. Using a previously unaccessed database containing detailed information on 36,848 repurchase days concerning 352 French firms, we show that corporate share repurchases have a significantly adverse effect on the liquidity of the trading day concerned, whether measured by bid-ask spread or depth. Our results also indicate that although on average managers have some timing ability, only the smallest firms listed on the least liquid market segments successfully take advantage of it.
Keywords: Open market share repurchases, liquidity
JEL Classification: G14, G32, G35
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