Security Issue Timing: What Do Managers Know, and When Do They Know it?
41 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2006 Last revised: 17 Dec 2009
Date Written: July 1, 2007
We study put option sales on company stock by large firms. An often cited motivation for these transactions is market timing, and managers’ decision to issue puts should be sensitive to whether the stock is undervalued. We provide new evidence that large firms successfully time security sales. In the 100 days following put option issues, there is roughly a 5% abnormal stock price return, with much of the abnormal return following the first earnings release date after the sale. Direct evidence on put option exercises reinforces these findings: exercise frequencies and payoffs to put holders are abnormally low.
Keywords: corporate pu option sales, marketing timing
JEL Classification: G32, G35
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