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Executive Compensation Structure and Corporate Equity Financing Decisions

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  • Sudip Datta

    (Wayne State University)

  • Mai Iskandar-Datta

    (Wayne State University)

  • Kartik Raman

    (Bentley College)

Abstract

Extending Myers and Majluf's (1984) model, we propose the market response to seasoned equity offering (SEO) announcements depends on the alignment of goals of managers and existing shareholders. We document a negative relation between the stock-market response to SEO announcements and issuing firm managers' equity-based compensation (EC). Relative to low-EC managers, the market perceives high-EC managers as issuing more-overvalued equity, benefiting existing shareholders and exacerbating the adverse selection problem for potential shareholders. We find EC and the market reaction to SEOs varies cross-sectionally with information asymmetry, investment opportunities, preissue stock-price run-up, and managerial ownership.

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  • Sudip Datta & Mai Iskandar-Datta & Kartik Raman, 2005. "Executive Compensation Structure and Corporate Equity Financing Decisions," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 78(5), pages 1859-1890, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:78:y:2005:i:5:p:1859-1890
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    1. Rongbing Huang & James G. Tompkins, 2010. "Corporate governance and investor reactions to seasoned equity offerings," Managerial Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 36(7), pages 603-628, June.
    2. 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.
    3. Xu, Pisun (Tracy), 2013. "Managerial incentives and a firm's cash flow sensitivities," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 27(C), pages 80-96.
    4. Brisker, Eric R. & Autore, Don M. & Colak, Gonul & Peterson, David R., 2014. "Executive compensation structure and the motivations for seasoned equity offerings," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 330-345.
    5. Cline, Brandon N. & Garner, Jacqueline L. & Yore, Adam S., 2014. "Exploitation of the internal capital market and the avoidance of outside monitoring," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 234-250.
    6. 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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