Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2015, Volume: 8, Issue: 32, Pages: 1-6
Rohaida Abdul Latif1*, Kamarun Nisham Taufil Mohd2 and Hasnah Kamardin1
1 School of Accountancy, UUM College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, 06010 Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia; [email protected], [email protected]
2 School of Economics, Finance, and Banking, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, 06010 Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia; [email protected]
Background/Objectives: This study explores the incidence of cancelling treasury shares events in Malaysia and examines the financial characteristics of companies that are more likely to cancel their shares. Methods/Statistical Analysis: The study utilizes descriptive analysis to assess the incidence of cancelling treasury share events among non-financial and nonutility Malaysian companies. Tobit regression analysis is used to gauge the relationship between firm financial characteristics and the incidence of cancelling treasury share events. Findings: There were a total of 175 events of cancelling treasury shares occurred between the years 2001 and 2012. This study finds that profitability positively and significantly affects the decision to cancel treasury shares, while excess cash flows negatively influence a firm’s decision to cancel treasury shares. Furthermore, smaller size companies are more likely to engage in cancelling their shares. Application/Improvements: The study finds that smaller firms are more likely to cancel their treasury shares as these companies may have severe information asymmetry problems.
Keywords: Event Study, Financial Characteristics, Firm Performance, Share Repurchases, Treasury Shares
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