Underpricing, Long-Run Performance, and Valuation of Initial Public Offerings

by Fabian Braemisch (Author)
©2011 Thesis XVIII, 136 Pages


This thesis empirically analyses three individual research questions around initial day returns, long-run performance and valuation of initial public offerings of European Property Companies. The first question examines whether IPO signals such as underpricing reveal proprietary information about the prospects of an issuing firm’s underlying industry such as the performance of direct real estate investments. The results in fact show a positive relation between underpricing and average property yields of the issuing companies’ target investment area twelve months after the IPO. The second question tries to rationalise why previous real estate IPO studies document no long-run underperformance, a phenomenon commonly observed for industrial issuings. It could be shown that with a decreasing degree of the transparency of the underlying real estate markets, investor over-optimism is more likely to develop which is assumed to be one of the main factors for IPO firms to perform worse in the long run than established firms. The last research question sheds further light on the contradicting evidence found for the impact of corporate governance on valuation. Main findings show that concentrated ownership, both inside and outside, negatively affects IPO valuation while higher debt levels have a positive impact, implying that the market favorably recognises the existence of control mechanisms.


XVIII, 136
ISBN (Hardcover)
Corporate Governance IPO Underpricing Real Estate Market Transparency Corporate Governance Quality
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XVIII, 136 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Fabian Braemisch (Author)

Fabian Braemisch was until 2009 research and teaching assistant at the European Business School (EBS) in Oestrich-Winkel (Germany). He finalised his doctoral thesis at EBS. His research interests focus on IPO performance and on related equity capital market transactions. Today he is working for a leading global investment bank in London.


Title: Underpricing, Long-Run Performance, and Valuation of Initial Public Offerings