Market reaction to seasoned offerings in China

Jia Liu, Saeed Akbar, Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Dayong Zhang, Dong Pang

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Abstract

This study examines stock market reaction to the announcement of various forms of seasoned issues in China. Our empirical evidence demonstrates that market reactions differ in ways that suggest a difference between management's internal assessment and the market's assessment of the stock price. The market responds unfavourably to the announcement, notably in the case of rights issues and also with regard to open offers. Private placements experience an unfavourable pre‐announcement reaction, which contrasts with the favourable reaction after the event. Convertible bond issues generate positive excess returns consistent with the market's confidence that they can help to align management and shareholders’ interests. Further investigation shows that market reaction is related to factors specific to the issuer and issue by reference to the period immediately surrounding the issue. Specifically, ownership concentration, agency matters connected with equity offerings, investor protection connected with fund allocation and security pricing, and the influence of powerful moneyed interests together provide an instructive insight into market reaction. Institutional inefficiency pertaining to underwriting, auditing, analysts’ forecasts and credit ratings are found to have a weak association with market price, consistent with due public scepticism concerning management and their gatekeepers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-653
JournalJournal of Business Finance & Accounting
Volume43
Issue number5-6
Early online date28 Feb 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016

Keywords

  • seasoned issues
  • seasoned equity offerings
  • convertible bond issues
  • market reaction
  • information
  • information asymmetry
  • agency costs
  • market infrastructure
  • China

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