Unit IPOs: What the Warrant Characteristics Reveal about the Issuing Firm
In this paper, we test Chemmanur and Fulghieri's (1997) predictions regarding a unit IPO firm's choice of signaling mix as a function of firm riskiness. We find evidence that both the proportion of firm value sold as warrants and the percentage of underpricing is increasing in firm riskiness. Although we find some evidence at extreme levels of ownership that the fraction of equity retained is decreasing in firm riskiness, we can neither confirm nor reject this prediction. Our results provide evidence of a trade-off between the signaling choices modeled by Chemmanur and Fulghieri.
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