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UNDERWRITER REPUTATION AND REPETITIVE PUBLIC OFFERINGS

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  • I would like to thank Jay Ritter for providing data. I would also like to thank Arnold Cowan, Rick Dark, Janet Hronek, and Gary Koppenhaver for their helpful suggestions and comments.

Abstract

A recent examination of underwriter reputation and initial public offerings (IPOs) suggests that one of the reasons prestigious underwriters market low-risk IPOs is to increase the expected present value of subsequent offerings. There is a greater likelihood that a firm issuing low-risk IPOs will be a viable future operation with the potential for subsequent offerings than a firm issuing high-risk IPOs. I examine the hypothesis that the likelihood of subsequent offerings is negatively related to IPO risk. In addition to finding support for this hypothesis, I show that the likelihood of subsequent offerings is positively related to the IPO underwriter's reputation and negatively related to the IPO gross spread. Finally, I find that the likelihood of firms switching IPO underwriters for subsequent offerings decreases with increasing IPO underwriter reputation.

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