The new issue puzzle in Malaysia : performance and earnings management / Rashidah Abdul Rahman and Wan Razazila Wan Abdullah

Abdul Rahman, Rashidah and Wan Abdullah, Wan Razazila (2005) The new issue puzzle in Malaysia : performance and earnings management / Rashidah Abdul Rahman and Wan Razazila Wan Abdullah. National Accounting Research Journal, 3 (1). pp. 91-110. ISSN 1675-753X


The current study seeks to answer the puzzle as to why firms issuing equity produce poor returns to investors in the long run by exploring whether the post issue performance is being influenced by the potential opportunities of earnings management during the period prior to public listing. Using a sample of 187 IPO firms, results in the study shows that firms that go
public over the period 1989-1998 obtained significant negative share return
relative to their control firms in the long run. Further analysis provides evidence
that managers of Malaysian IPO firms manage their earnings prior to public
listing. However, no significant relation is observed between prior earnings
management and post issue long run performance. The result is robust with
respect to IPO firms with either high or low level of earnings management.
Thus, there is no evidence to suggest that the pre offering earnings
management is able to predict the negative share return performance post
issue. The decline in the post offering share price may be the result of price
correction by investors on their beliefs of future earnings based on unfavourable
earnings revealed over time by media, analysts reports and subsequent
financial statements after listing.


Item Type: Article
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Abdul Rahman, Rashidah
Wan Abdullah, Wan Razazila
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Personnel management. Employment management > Performance standards
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > Financial management. Business finance. Corporation finance > Earnings management > Malaysia
H Social Sciences > HG Finance > Investment, capital formation, speculation
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Accountancy
Journal or Publication Title: National Accounting Research Journal
ISSN: 1675-753X
Volume: 3
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 91-110
Keywords: Performance, Earnings, Firms
Date: 2005
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