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Do Firms Time Equity Offerings? Evidence from the 1930s and 1940s

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  • Timothy R. Burch
  • William G. Christie
  • Vikram Nanda

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We investigate whether the timing of equity sales to exploit market overvaluation may account for the reported poor post-offer stock performance of firms issuing equity. We posit that rights offers, targeted to a firm’s current shareholders, are less likely to be timed to exploit overvaluation. Our study compares firm commitment and rights offerings during 1933- 1949 when rights offers were common. We find that abnormal returns for firms electing the firm commitment method were significantly negative over the year following the offer, while those for firms using rights were not. This suggests that firm commitments were timed, while rights offers were not.

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  • Timothy R. Burch & William G. Christie & Vikram Nanda, 2004. "Do Firms Time Equity Offerings? Evidence from the 1930s and 1940s," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 33(1), Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:burchetal04
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    1. Don M. Autore & Irena Hutton & Tunde Kovacs, 2011. "Accelerated Equity Offers and Firm Quality," European Financial Management, European Financial Management Association, vol. 17(5), pages 835-859, November.
    2. Qiming Wang & James A. Ligon, 2009. "The Underpricing of Insurance IPOs," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 38(2), pages 301-322, June.
    3. Nancy D. Ursel, 2006. "Rights Offerings and Corporate Financial Condition," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 35(1), pages 31-52, March.
    4. John R. Graham & Sonali Hazarika & Krishnamoorthy Narasimhan, 2011. "Financial Distress in the Great Depression," NBER Working Papers 17388, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    6. Svein olav Krakstad, 2013. "Timing Differences between SEO Methods," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(4), pages 3070-3079.
    7. Tim Loughran, 2008. "The Impact of Firm Location on Equity Issuance," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 37(1), pages 1-21, March.
    8. Weining Niu, 2017. "Corporate Financing Under Heterogeneous Beliefs," Annals of Financial Economics (AFE), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 12(04), pages 1-12, December.
    9. Walker, Mark D. & Yost, Keven, 2008. "Seasoned equity offerings: What firms say, do, and how the market reacts," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 14(4), pages 376-386, September.
    10. Claudio Loderer & Urs Waelchli, 2010. "Protecting Minority Shareholders: Listed versus Unlisted Firms," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 39(1), pages 33-57, March.
    11. Dang, Man & Puwanenthiren, Premkanth & Truong, Cameron & Henry, Darren & Vo, Xuan Vinh, 2022. "Audit quality and seasoned equity offerings methods," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 83(C).
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