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Use of the Proceeds and Long-term Performance of French SEO Firms


  • Pierre Jeanneret


"This paper examines the long-term stock performance of French SEO with rights by looking at the intended use of the proceeds. Firms that raise equity for pure capital structure motives are separated from the ones that use the SEO proceeds to finance specific investment projects. Issuers in the first category are concerned about preserving their financial flexibility and they are expected to evolve in a capital structure irrelevancy framework. On the other hand, issuers in the second category are more inclined to be sensitive to adverse selection problems or agency conflicts and thus, they should be more exposed to under-reaction on the long-run. According to a matching firm methodology, 'Financing New Investment' issuers underperform their benchmark at a rate of 4% to 8% per year over a 36-month horizon while 'Capital Structure' issuers do not show any abnormal performance. These results are robust according to alternative Beta pricing models. In addition, managers of both issuer's types time the SEO after a period of positive abnormal performance in order to sell overpriced securities. However, only the 'Financing New Investment' sample experiences a performance reversal; the abnormal returns decreasing gradually from the issue on, to become significantly negative 24 months after the event." Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2005.

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  • Pierre Jeanneret, 2005. "Use of the Proceeds and Long-term Performance of French SEO Firms," European Financial Management, European Financial Management Association, vol. 11(1), pages 99-122.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:eufman:v:11:y:2005:i:1:p:99-122

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