Share repurchases and abnormal returns

University essay from Uppsala universitet/Företagsekonomiska institutionen; Uppsala universitet/Företagsekonomiska institutionen

Abstract: In this paper we examine abnormal returns during active repurchasing programs and if the intensity of repurchasing programs impacts the returns. Through the Jensen’s Alpha approach our findings show us that positive abnormal returns are experienced by repurchasing firms under our study period that ranges from 2010 to 2019. The results show us that during active repurchasing programs companies have showed positive average annual abnormal returns ranging from 1,8% to 6%. We also find that the intensity of share repurchases does not have a statistically significant effect on the given abnormal returns. However, our results indicate that the abnormal returns are higher when the repurchases occurred, rather than when they are authorized.

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