Firm characteristics and long-run stock returns after corporate events

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Abstract

The well-documented abnormal long-run buy-and-hold returns to firms issuing equity in initial public offerings and seasoned equity offerings, firms bidding in mergers, and firms initiating dividends can be attributed to imperfect control-firm matching. In addition to firm size and market-to-book ratio, event firms on average differ from control firms in terms of idiosyncratic volatility, liquidity, return momentum, and capital investment, each of which also explains returns. We propose a simple regression-based approach to control for differences in firm characteristics across event and control firms, and we show that long-run abnormal returns do not differ significantly from zero for event firms in the 1980 to 2005 period. The returns to event firms are, therefore, consistent with patterns known to exist for the broad stock market and do not require event-specific explanations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-102
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Financial Economics
Volume109
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Stock returns
Firm characteristics
Liquidity
Mergers
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Abnormal returns
Capital investment
Firm size
Initial public offerings
Bidding
Equity
Seasoned equity offerings
Stock market
Idiosyncratic volatility
Book-to-market ratio
Dividends

Keywords

  • BHARs
  • Calendar time portfolio method
  • Firm characteristics
  • Long-run stock returns
  • Wealth relative

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  • Strategy and Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance

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Firm characteristics and long-run stock returns after corporate events. / Bessembinder, Hendrik; Zhang, Feng.

In: Journal of Financial Economics, Vol. 109, No. 1, 07.2013, p. 83-102.

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