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The Role of Executive Stock Options in REIT Repurchases


  • Chinmoy Ghosh

    () (University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 06269-1041)

  • John P. Harding

    () (University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 06269-1041)

  • Ozcan Sezer

    () (University of Toledo Toledo, OH 43606-3390)

  • C.F. Sirmans

    () (University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 06269-1041)


This paper examines the relationship between managerial stock option holdings and the decision to announce a repurchase of the firm’s common stock. Managerial stock option holdings should reinforce the traditional undervaluation, free cash flow, and capital structure motives for repurchases by helping to align the objectives of management and shareholders. Data from the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry during the peak period of repurchase activity (1997?999) are used to estimate a logit model of the decision to announce a repurchase program. After controlling for the standard motivations discussed in the literature, the findings reveal that managerial option holdings are positively related to the likelihood of a repurchase announcement.

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  • Chinmoy Ghosh & John P. Harding & Ozcan Sezer & C.F. Sirmans, 2008. "The Role of Executive Stock Options in REIT Repurchases," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 30(1), pages 27-44.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:30:n:1:2008:p:27-44

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    Cited by:

    1. Joseph Ooi & Seow-Eng Ong & Lin Li, 2010. "An Analysis of the Financing Decisions of REITs: The Role of Market Timing and Target Leverage," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 40(2), pages 130-160, February.
    2. Chinmoy Ghosh & Erasmo Giambona & John P. Harding & Özcan Sezer & C.F. Sirmans, 2010. "The Role of Managerial Stock Option Programs in Governance: Evidence from REIT Stock Repurchases," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 38(1), pages 31-55.
    3. Rim El Houcine & Adel Boubaker, 2014. "Share Repurchasing and the Policies of Stock-Options," International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, vol. 4(1), pages 175-187, January.
    4. Gow-Cheng Huang & Kartono Liano & Ming-Shiun Pan, 2009. "REIT Open-Market Stock Repurchases and Profitability," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 39(4), pages 439-449, November.
    5. Boudry, Walter I. & Kallberg, Jarl G. & Liu, Crocker H., 2013. "Investment opportunities and share repurchases," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 23-38.

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    JEL classification:

    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services


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