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Significant issuance date returns in seasoned equity offerings: An options-based resolution of a puzzle

  • Aggarwal, Raj
  • Zhao, Xinlei

The significant negative issuance day returns associated with seasoned equity offerings (SEOs) have been a puzzle. In this paper we provide two explanations for this empirical regularity. First, using an option-based argument, we contend that issuance day returns are negative because of SEO related declines in volatility that reduce the option value of equity. Our empirical examination of US SEOs between 1983 and 2003 strongly supports this contention. Second, we find that the negative issuance date return is also related to market liquidity around the issuance date. Our findings are robust to various sub-samples and the uncertainty resolution argument, and are not driven by SEO buy-sell order imbalances.

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Volume (Year): 17 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 (December)
Pages: 793-804

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