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Economic shock and share repurchases

Hsuan-Chi Chen, Joel T. Harper and Subramanian R. Iyer

The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, 2018, vol. 44, issue C, 254-264

Abstract: Using the most recent financial crisis as a natural experiment, we examine firm valuation, capital structure adjustment, and takeover deterrence as motives for share repurchases. We find that both overvalued firms and low levered firms are more likely to announce share repurchase programs and buy back more shares following the repurchase announcements. Potential target firms are more likely to announce larger share repurchase programs, but there is no significantly positive relation between the takeover probability and the completion rate. We also find that the decision to announce share repurchase and the decision to actually buy back shares following the repurchase announcement are separate to some extent.

Date: 2018
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