New insights into rights offerings, takeup, renounceability, and underwriting status

Balachandran, Balasingham, Faff, Robert and Theobald, Michael (2009) New insights into rights offerings, takeup, renounceability, and underwriting status. Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, 21 3: 80-85. doi:10.1111/j.1745-6622.2009.00241.x

Author Balachandran, Balasingham
Faff, Robert
Theobald, Michael
Title New insights into rights offerings, takeup, renounceability, and underwriting status
Journal name Journal of Applied Corporate Finance   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1078-1196
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1745-6622.2009.00241.x
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 80
End page 85
Total pages 6
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Australian companies can choose among three different types of rights offerings: full standby (also known as “fully underwritten”); uninsured (or “non-underwritten”); and partial standby (“partly underwritten”). At the same time, each of these three kinds of rights offerings can be either renounceable or non-renounceable, with the former providing securities that can be sold while in the latter case the rights are forfeited if not exercised. The main argument of this paper is that managers effectively signal the quality of their company through their choice of rights issue method. Consistent with this argument, the authors summarize the findings of their own research showing that high-quality companies tend to choose full standby rights issues, with the full backing of an underwriter playing a “certifying” role for investors. By contrast, low-quality firms tend to use partial standby issues with large subscription price discounts, while companies of intermediate-quality choose uninsured rights issues. The authors also provide evidence that full standby rights issues are positively correlated with expected shareholder takeup, while both partial standby and uninsured issues have a negative correlation with takeup. Consistent with the above findings, the market response is most positive (or least negative) in the case of non-renounceable, full standby rights issues with relatively low price discounts. The market reaction is most negative for non-renounceable, partial standby issues with high price discounts.
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