Do Secondary Shares in the IPO Process Have a Negative Effect on Aftermarket Performance?
20 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2007
We revisit and extend the topic of secondary share sales and revisions in IPOs. First we test to determine if secondary share sales constitute a negative signal that is captured in aftermarket performance. We find secondary share sales in general are not correlated with poorer initial or long-run performance, but selling by officers and directors is associated with poorer long-run returns. Second, we examine if secondary share revisions 1) reflect selling shareholders' attempts to conceal private information or 2) are contingent upon whether a firm can reach its goal of raising sufficient capital. We find empirical support for a capital goal, but not for concealment.
Keywords: initial public offerings; aftermarket performance, insider selling
JEL Classification: G10, G14, G30, G39
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