Shareholder Diversification and the Decision to Go Public

47 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2004  

Andriy Bodnaruk

University of Illinois at Chicago

Massimo Massa

INSEAD - Finance

Eugene Kandel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Andrei Simonov

Michigan State University - Eli Broad Graduate School of Management; Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); SITE

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Date Written: February 2005

Abstract

We study IPOs by focusing on the degree of portfolio diversification of the shareholders taking the company public. We argue that a less diversified shareholder has more to gain from taking the company public and would be more willing to accept a lower price for the sale of its shares, i.e. tolerate higher underpricing. We test these hypotheses by considering all the IPOs that took place in Sweden in the period 1995-2001. We have obtained detailed information on the portfolio composition of all the investors in the companies being taken public, both before and after the IPO, as well as the portfolio composition of investors in similar (in terms of size, book-to-market and industry) companies not taken public. The information is detailed at the stock level, for both private and public companies. We construct several proxies for portfolio diversification of the shareholders and relate them to both the probability of the IPO and the underpricing. We show that companies held by less diversified shareholders are more likely to go public and suffer a higher underpricing. We show that, as predicted, the degree of diversification explains a significant (economically and statistically) part of the probability of going public, and may account for between one third and one half of the reported underpricing. This suggests that the degree of diversification of controlling shareholders should play a prominent role in the discussion of the process of going public.

Keywords: IPO, diversification, underpricing

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G24, G32

Suggested Citation

Bodnaruk, Andriy and Massa, Massimo and Kandel , Eugene and Simonov, Andrei, Shareholder Diversification and the Decision to Go Public (February 2005). EFA 2005 Moscow Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=626243 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.626243

Andriy Bodnaruk

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