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An agency theory explanation of SEO underperformance: Evidence from dual-class firms

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  • Chaudhuri, Ranadeb
  • Seo, Hoontaek

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Using a sample of U.S. dual class companies, we empirically investigate the effects of the divergence between insiders’ voting and cash flow rights on market reaction to seasoned equity offerings (SEOs) and long-run stock performance following SEOs. We find that SEO announcement returns and long-run stock performance following SEOs are negatively related to measures of the divergence between insiders’ voting and cash flow rights. Our results support the view of agency theory as a plausible explanation of SEO underperformance. Misalignment of interests between insiders and outside shareholders can create managerial incentives to undertake value-destroying investments to extract private benefits, ultimately leading to a reduction in firm value.

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  • Chaudhuri, Ranadeb & Seo, Hoontaek, 2012. "An agency theory explanation of SEO underperformance: Evidence from dual-class firms," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 22(3), pages 575-588.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:intfin:v:22:y:2012:i:3:p:575-588
    DOI: 10.1016/j.intfin.2012.03.002
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    1. He, Yan & Wang, Junbo & John Wei, K.C., 2014. "A comprehensive study of liquidity before and after SEOs and SEO underpricing," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 20(C), pages 61-78.

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    Keywords

    Seasoned equity offering; Dual-class stocks; Agency theory;

    JEL classification:

    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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