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The announcement impact of seasoned equity offerings on bondholder wealth

William Elliott, Andrew K. Prevost and Ramesh Rao ()

Journal of Banking & Finance, 2009, vol. 33, issue 8, 1472-1480

Abstract: Previous studies document a negative return to equity on the announcement of an SEO. However, the effects of SEO announcements on bonds have received little attention. We find that bondholders experience a significant positive return on the announcement of an SEO and this effect is more pronounced for bonds with lower ratings. We examine alternate explanations for bond market reactions to SEO announcements including the leverage risk reduction, wealth transfer, and information signaling hypotheses. Overall, our results are most consistent with the leverage risk reduction hypothesis.

Keywords: Security; issuance; Excess; bond; returns; Information; signaling; Wealth; transfer; hypothesis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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