Multinationality and the Performance of IPOs
36 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2011
Date Written: June 20, 2011
Does multinationality affect the initial public offering (IPO) performance of entrepreneurial firms? Theoretical arguments can be made for a positive effect of multinationality as well for a negative effect. We examine this question empirically by analyzing IPO data for 240 U.K. firms. We find that multinationality has significant and positive effects on long run IPO performance. This suggests that the market perceives entrepreneurial firms with multinational activities as possessing unique intangible assets that are indicative of future financial success. Factors affecting the IPO performance also differ systematically between firms with multinational operations and those without multinational operations. Stocks of intangible assets and the quality of the network significantly affect the performance of entrepreneurial IPO firms that “go global”. In contrast, domestic IPO firm performance is affected by offer size and underwriters’ perception of firm quality. The findings have important implications for entrepreneurial firms who are making decisions on “going global” and “going public”. This paper is forthcoming in Applied Financial Economics.
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