Does consideration matter to China's split share structure reform?

Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Accounting & Finance, 2012, 52 (2), pp. 439 - 466
Issue Date:
2012-01
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We investigate the share market response to Chinas split share structure reform and find average negative daily return around the government announcement on 29 April 2005. However, there is a turnaround at individual companies decision to implement the reform where we find positive and significant average daily return, contingent on the type of consideration. We attribute this change in market sentiment to the companys announcement that the reform will involve the payment of consideration to holders of tradable A-shares. Our results also show that holders of tradable A-shares earn significant abnormal daily returns when companies propose to pay in cash or warrants or combine any of these payment methods with bonus shares.
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