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Auditor’s Reputation and Equity Offerings: The Case of Arthur Andersen


  • Stephanie Yates Rauterkus
  • Kyojik “Roy” Song


The certifying and monitoring role of auditors is valuable to clients. By examining the impact of Arthur Andersen’s worsening reputation on its clients, we find a 200 basis point more negative reaction to seasoned equity offering (SEO) announcements for firms audited by Andersen. The median firm in our sample loses $31.4 million more than a non-Andersen client. We do not find any unusual underpricing for these SEOs, which suggests that any accounting concerns about the issuers are resolved before the issue dates.

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  • Stephanie Yates Rauterkus & Kyojik “Roy” Song, 2005. "Auditor’s Reputation and Equity Offerings: The Case of Arthur Andersen," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 34(4), Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:rauterkussong05

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    1. Yi-Mien Lin & Shwu-Jen You & Fung-Jiao Lin, 2008. "The Effects of Pre-issue Information Releases on Seasoned Equity Offerings," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 35(9-10), pages 1138-1163.
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    5. Edirisinghe, Chanaka & Gupta, Aparna & Roth, Wendy, 2015. "Risk assessment based on the analysis of the impact of contagion flow," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 209-223.

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