Long-Term Performance of Initial Public Offerings: The Evidence for Switzerland
24 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2005
We estimate the underpricing and long-term performance of Swiss initial public offerings (IPOs) from 1983 to 2000. The average market adjusted initial return is 34.97%. To examine the long-term performance of Swiss IPOs, we compute buy-and-hold abnormal returns, skewness-adjusted wealth ratios, and cumulative abnormal returns using 120 months of secondary market returns. In contrast to previous findings for the U.S. and Germany, we do not find strong evidence for a distinct IPO effect. We attribute long-term underperformance to the fact that IPO firms tend to be small firms. It virtually vanishes when we use a small capitalization index as a benchmark. In spite of distinct economic implications and statistical properties, our basic results are similar for all performance measures applied.
Keywords: Initial Public Offerings, Long-Run Stock Performance, Market Efficiency, Swiss Stock Market, Underpricing
JEL Classification: G14, G12, G24
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