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Financial characteristics of Australian initial public offerings from 1994 to 1999

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A variety of financial characteristics of Australian initial public offerings (IPOs) for the period 1994-1999 are explored. A number of previous Australian studies have investigated the initial day underpricing and longer term underperformance of IPOs and this study updates those papers. This paper partitions the IPO data into no liability/limited liability; share option/no share option; underwriter option/no underwriter option and dividend reinvestment/no dividend reinvestment characteristics to better understand the types of IPOs that list on the Australian Stock Exchange. The data supports the findings of previous studies in that IPOs are underpriced at the time of listing and underperform the market in the first year following their listing.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Accounting and Finance, Deakin University, Australia 2: Research Development Unit, RMIT Business, GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne, Victoria, 3001, Australia

Publication date: 2003-09-20

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