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Multiple reverse stock splits (investors beware!)

Claire Crutchley () and Steve Swidler ()

Journal of Economics and Finance, 2015, vol. 39, issue 2, 357-369

Abstract: This study compares firms that implement multiple reverse stock splits to firms with only one reverse stock split. Reverse stock splits are usually implemented by firms trying to increase their stock price to remain listed on stock exchanges or widen stock ownership especially by institutional investors. Firms that declare multiple reverse splits tend to have lower returns following the reverse split and even less liquidity than one reverse split firms. Sixty five percent of the firms with multiple reverse splits end up being liquidated or delisted. If one reverse split is viewed as desperation, then multiple reverse stock splits are a sign of extreme distress. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Keywords: Reverse stock splits; Liquidity; Shares; Information; G14; G34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1007/s12197-013-9259-x

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