What Is Ipo Initial Return

What is ipo initial return


The Variability of IPO Initial Returns

Michelle Lowry, Micah S. Officer, G.

What is ipo initial return

William Schwert

NBER Working Paper No. 12295
Issued in June 2006, Revised in November 2008
NBER Program(s):Asset Pricing Program

The monthly volatility of IPO initial returns is substantial, fluctuates dramatically over time, and is considerably larger during "hot" IPO markets.

What is ipo initial return

Consistent with IPO theory, the volatility of initial returns is higher among firms whose value is more difficult to estimate, i.e., among firms with higher information asymmetry. Our findings highlight underwriters' difficulty in valuing companies characterized by high uncertainty, and, as a result, raise serious questions about the efficacy of the traditional firm commitment underwritten IPO process.

What is ipo initial return

One implication of our results is that alternate mechanisms, such as auctions, may be beneficial, particularly for firms that value price discovery over the auxiliary services provided by underwriters.


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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w12295

Published: Michelle Lowry & Micah S.

Officer & G.

What is ipo initial return

William Schwert, 2010. "The Variability of IPO Initial Returns," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol.

Initial Public Offering (IPO) Process

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