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THE CAPITAL and CASH FLOW SOURCES and USES of INITIAL STOCK REPURCHASE FIRMS

  • Luís Krug Pacheco

    ()

    (Faculdade de Economia e Gestão, Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto)

  • Clara Raposo

    ()

    (ISCTE, Business School)

This study investigates the capital sources and uses of firms that are conducting stock repurchase transactions for the first time, both prior and subsequent to those financial operations. We hypothesize that this capital and cash flow analysis may shed some light about the relative importance of some financial motivations and theoretical hypotheses in explaining initial stock repurchases. In particular, our findings support the risk reduction signaling and the dividends substitution hypotheses as the primary drivers for the initial stock repurchase decision. We also find that the importance of the most theoretical explanations and financial motivations vary according to whether initial repurchase firms are also conducting acquisitions and significant divestitures, distributing cash dividends, relying on external financing and using debt or cash reserves.

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Paper provided by Faculdade de Economia e Gestão, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto) in its series Working Papers de Gestão (Management Working Papers) with number 07.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:cap:mpaper:072009
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