An event analysis of industrial timberland sales on shareholder values of major U.S. forest products firms
We used an event study to investigate the impact of industrial timberland sales from 1997 to 2007 on shareholder values of major U.S. forest products firms. Cross-sectional regression analysis and Capital Asset Pricing Model were used to examine factors influencing changes in market capitalization and systematic risk before and afterward. The average cumulative abnormal rates of returns associated with the timberland sales were found to be positive for all firms, and the resulting change in capitalization was related to these firms' total asset and debt. The systematic risk for these firms changed little or increased slightly after the timberland sales.
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