Stock Market Reaction and Liquidity Changes Around Bonus Issue Announcement: Evidence from India
12 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2007
Date Written: December 19, 2007
This study examines share price reaction to the announcement of Bonus Issue for a sample of Indian Companies. Standard event study methodology has been used for the purpose of studying the Bonus issue announcement reaction. Bonus issue announcement yields negative abnormal returns around the announcement date. There is a negative reaction after the bonus issue announcement conveying that the market underreacts after the announcement. It is also observed that there is no information leakage prior to the announcement. Reduction in the liquidity ratio after the announcement is evidenced, though insignificant. All the three liquidity measures seem to be inconsistent with the enhanced trading liquidity expectation. Cross sectional regression shows that the number of shares issued, convey a positive signal to the investors. Further it has been evidenced that the size of the firm issuing bonus shares does not affect the abnormal returns of the company. The study supports Signaling Hypothesis and Cash Substitution Hypothesis.
Keywords: Event study, Stock dividend, Liquidity, Stock market, Cross Sectional Regression
JEL Classification: G14, G32
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