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Performance of Cross Listed Dual-Class Firms: Evidence from Chinese Firms Cross Listed on US Exchanges

A Abdullah (), Jia’nan Zhou and Muhammad Hashim Shah

Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 2018, vol. 54, issue 15, 3411-3425

Abstract: We compare operating and market performance of Chinese single- and dual-class firms cross listed on US exchanges. We find evidence in line with researchers who argue that a dual-class structure allows insiders to invest in long-term value-enhancing projects. We find that dual-class firms underperform prior to their initial public offering (IPO) and then improve and have better operating performance than single-class firms in the second year after IPO. We find that dual-class firms also have better market performance than single-class firms beginning in the initial year, which is contrary to the finding in most other studies. The reason for this might be that firms that list on US exchanges show a credible commitment to shareholder rights.

Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1080/1540496X.2018.1442717

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