The impact of audit quality in rights offerings

Balasingham Balachandran, Robert Faff, Lily H.G. Nguyen, Premkanth Puwanenthiren

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Using audit quality as our core focus, we take a fresh look at the tradability and standby status in rights offerings, and the market reaction during the subscription period in the US market. We find that firms with high audit quality are more likely to choose tradable or full standby rights issues. We also find that the subscription period price reaction is positively related to audit quality and negatively related to issue price discount. These results demonstrate an important role played by the choice of auditors in the design of rights offerings, particularly in mitigating the negative price reaction during the subscription period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2007-2037
Number of pages31
JournalAccounting & Finance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Audit fee and Big 6 Auditors
  • Audit quality
  • Rights offerings
  • Standby status
  • Tradability

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