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What drives delistings of foreign firms from U.S. Exchanges?

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  • Chaplinsky, Susan
  • Ramchand, Latha
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    We examine time dependency in the factors motivating delistings of foreign firms from major U.S. Exchanges over the period 1962–2006. For firms listing before Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), we find that governance has no significant effect on delisting but after SOX, it becomes one of the main forces driving delisting. For firms whose delisting decision is most likely attributable to SOX, we find they realize low benefits from listing – they originate from countries with strong home market governance, and from listing onward realize low trading volume, analyst coverage, and make little use of capital raising. Our results suggest that SOX has had a large influence on the benefits seek from a U.S. listing, leading firms from well governed countries and low capital raising needs to delist.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 1126-1148

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:intfin:v:22:y:2012:i:5:p:1126-1148

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    Keywords: International finance; Delistings; Cross-listings; Governance; Sarbanes-Oxley;

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