Exit timing of venture capitalists in the course of an initial public offering

  • We analyze the desinvestment decision of venture capitalists in the course of an IPO of their portfolio firms. The capital market learns of the project quality only in the period following the IPO. Venture capitalists with high-quality firms face a trade-off between immediately selling their stake in the venture at a price below the true value and having to wait until the true value is revealed. We show that the dilemma may be resolved via a reputation-acquiring mechanism in a repeated game set-up. Thereby, we can explain, e.g., the advent of "hot-issue market behavior" involving early disinvestments and a high degree of price uncertainty. Furthermore, we provide a new rationale for underpricing. Young venture capitalists may use underpricing as a device for credibly committing themselves to acquiring reputation.

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Author:Werner Neus, Uwe WalzORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):Center for Financial Studies (Frankfurt am Main): CFS working paper series ; No. 2002,07
Series (Serial Number):CFS working paper series (2002, 07)
Document Type:Working Paper
Year of Completion:2002
Year of first Publication:2002
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2005/06/13
Tag:Exit Decisions; IPO; Underpricing; Venture Capital
GND Keyword:Risikokapital; Desinvestition; Terminplanung; Börsenzulassung; Going Public; Wertpapieremission; Emissionskurs; Unendliches Spiel
Page Number:49
Institutes:Wissenschaftliche Zentren und koordinierte Programme / Center for Financial Studies (CFS)
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht