Taxes, tenders and the design of Australian off-market share repurchases

Christine Ann Brown, Kevin Davis

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    Abstract

    In designing off-market (self-tender offer) share repurchases, Australian companies must consider the resulting potential tax benefits for different investor groups with consequent effects upon the supply of stock tendered by holders and the ultimate tender outcome. We develop and estimate a model of the stock supply curve that demonstrates less than perfect elasticity and incomplete tax arbitrage arising from participation risk for potential arbitrageurs. We are able to estimate the extent of disequilibrium in prices involved in fixed-price repurchases and show that it is substantial. We show that Australian Tax Office restrictions on the tender price range for Dutch auctions have meant that non-participating shareholders have foregone some potential benefits through the transfer of tax benefits to (primarily institutional, low tax rate) successful tender participants. The results provide support for legislative changes proposed in 2009 (but not implemented as of mid 2011), which removed constraints on the allowable range of repurchase prices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)109 - 135
    Number of pages27
    JournalAccounting & Finance
    Volume52
    Issue numberS1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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