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Corporate Sell‐offs in the UK: Use of Proceeds, Financial Distress and Long‐run Impact on Shareholder Wealth

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  • Edward Lee
  • Stephen Lin

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This study examines the long‐run return performance following UK corporate sell‐off announcements. We observe significant negative abnormal returns up to five years subsequent to sell‐off announcements. Our finding is robust to various specifications, irrespective of the intended use of proceeds. We also find a significantly positive association between long‐run abnormal returns and the magnitude of cash proceeds for sellers reducing corporate debt as well as for sellers with deeper financial distress or higher growth prospects. Overall, we find that UK corporate sell‐offs are associated with declines in subsequent shareholder wealth.

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  • Edward Lee & Stephen Lin, 2008. "Corporate Sell‐offs in the UK: Use of Proceeds, Financial Distress and Long‐run Impact on Shareholder Wealth," European Financial Management, European Financial Management Association, vol. 14(2), pages 222-242, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:eufman:v:14:y:2008:i:2:p:222-242
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-036X.2007.00390.x
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