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Signaling and substitution hypotheses in Malaysian share repurchases

Abdul Latif, Rohaida and Taufil Mohd, Kamarun Nisham (2013) Signaling and substitution hypotheses in Malaysian share repurchases. Management, 3 (2). pp. 99-104. ISSN 2162-9374

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There is an increasing trend of firms undertaking share repurchases in Malaysia, yet limited studies on repurchase activities have been published. This study attempts to examine managerial motives for repurchase in Malaysia using signaling and substitution hypotheses.Unlike firms in western countries, firms in Malaysia are bound by strict rules and regulations before embarking on repurchases, thus it is argued that motives for share repurchases would be different from those of the developed markets.The results of this study are consistent with signaling hypothesis where Malaysian firms repurchase shares partly to signal undervaluation and better operating performance.They also buy back shares whenever there is an increase in cash flows.However, there is no evidence to support that these firms bought back shares to substitute dividend payments as documented by studies from western countries. In fact, repurchases are used to complement dividends.Further evidence shows that managerial ownership has significant influence on firms’ repurchase decisions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Share Repurchases, Share Buybacks, Signaling, Substitution Hypothesis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy (TISSA)
Depositing User: Dr. Rohaida Abdul Latif
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2015 02:53
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2016 03:36
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/14781

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