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Comparing the Characteristics and Performance of Private Equity Offering Firms with Seasoned Equity Offering Firms

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  • Shin-Herng Michelle Chu

    (Finance, Real Estate & Law Department, California State Polytechnic University)

  • George H. Lentz

    (Finance; Real Estate & Law Department, California State Polytechnic University)

  • Espen Robak

    (Business & Real Estate Valuation Services, FMV Opinions Inc.)

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    Abstract

    This paper examines why the majority of private placements of equity sell at substantial discounts, while a few sell at premiums. We compare private equity offering (PEO) firms with comparable seasoned equity offering (SEO) firms and find that PEO firms had poorer financial performance than SEO firms both prior and subsequent to the year of issue. Furthermore, PEO firms typically showed signs of financial distress prior to the equity issue. Our results also indicate that the holding period returns on investments in PEO firms were substantially below returns on the market index and worse than those of SEO firms. The financial characteristics and the holding period returns of PEO firms issuing at a price premium were found to be significantly better than those that sold at a discount. The private equity premiums may reflect risky future growth opportunities as well as potential takeover premiums.

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    Article provided by College of Business, Feng Chia University, Taiwan in its journal Journal of Economics and Management.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 57-83

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    Handle: RePEc:jec:journl:v:1:y:2005:i:1:p:57-83

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    Keywords: private equity offering; seasoned equity offering; financial performance;

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