Market Reaction to Announcements of Convertible Bonds Issue in the United Kingdom

34 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2013

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Norhuda Abdul Rahim

University Putra Malaysia - Department of Accouting and Finance

Date Written: August 16, 2013

Abstract

This study investigates the wealth effects of announcements of the intention to issue convertible bonds in the UK market over a period from January 1990 until July 2010. The study period also allows for an investigation on the market reaction to announcements of convertible bonds during the financial crisis that started in August 2007. Using the standard event study methodology, a negative abnormal return of 1.75% (significant at the 5% level) on the two-day event window is reported, confirming the findings of previous UK studies (Abyhankar and Dunning, 1999, and Wolf et al., 1999) which are also in line with studies performed using data from other countries such as US, Canada, Australia, and others. There are no significant differences between the results of the sub-samples before and during the financial crisis, suggesting that the economic conditions do not influence the market response. The results of the event study and the multivariate analysis are consistent with the ‘market timing hypothesis’ implying that managers in the UK announce their intention to issue convertible bonds after a period of good stock price performance.

Keywords: market reactions, convertible bonds, announcements effect

JEL Classification: N2

Suggested Citation

Abdul Rahim, Norhuda, Market Reaction to Announcements of Convertible Bonds Issue in the United Kingdom (August 16, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2311142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2311142

Norhuda Abdul Rahim (Contact Author)

University Putra Malaysia - Department of Accouting and Finance ( email )

Serdang, Selangor 43400
Malaysia

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