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The choice of equity selling mechanisms: PIPEs versus SEOs

Hsuan-Chi Chen, Na Dai and John D. Schatzberg

Journal of Corporate Finance, 2010, vol. 16, issue 1, 104-119

Abstract: We examine the firm's choice between an SEO and a PIPE, an innovation in follow-on equity selling mechanism seen in the late 1990s. Our primary finding indicates that the rapid rise of the PIPE market fills the capital needs of firms which may not have access to more traditional alternatives. This lack of access is driven mainly by information asymmetry and weak operating performance. We also show that firms are more likely to choose PIPEs when the general market and the firm's stock are performing poorly. Furthermore, we find that selected firms with access to the public market may prefer a PIPE due to specific cost considerations.

Keywords: Private; investment; in; public; equity; (PIPE); Seasoned; equity; offering; (SEO) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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