The Post-Issue Operating Performance of IPO Firms
Posted: 6 Jan 2000
This paper investigates the change in operating performance of firms as they make the transition from private to public ownership. It documents a significant decline in operating performance subsequent to the initial public offering (IPO). Additionally, it finds a significant positive relation between post-IPO operating performance and equity retention by the original entrepreneurs but does not find any relation between post-IPO operating performance and the level of initial underpricing. Post-Issue declines in the market-to- book ratio, P/E ratio and the earnings per share are also documented.
JEL Classification: G32
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