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Withdrawn Security Offerings

Wayne H. Mikkelson and M. Megan Partch
The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
Vol. 23, No. 2 (Jun., 1988), pp. 119-133
DOI: 10.2307/2330876
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2330876
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

We examine the stock price behavior associated with public offerings of common stock and convertible debt that are withdrawn by the issuing firm, as well as the stock price behavior associated with completed offerings. We find that stock returns are negative in the period from the announcement to the withdrawal, and are statistically insignificant from the announcement to the issuance. Stock returns are positive at the withdrawal and negative at the issuance. Furthermore, the average stock returns associated with withdrawals are significantly different from zero only when the reported reason for the withdrawals is unfavorable market conditions. Our evidence suggests that managers' decisions to withdraw equity offerings depend on recent stock price behavior, and that managers' decisions convey information about firm value to market participants.

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