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Why firms go dark

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Why firms go dark

Zhu, Lingzi (2016) Why firms go dark. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Since the passage of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act, regulatory compliance costs have been so burdensome for some companies that they have chosen to go dark. Go-dark firms are those that deregister from the Securities and Exchange Commission and delist from the national stock exchange market but remain public on over-the-counter (OTC) markets. This paper covers 402 US firms that went dark between April 5th, 2010 and April 5th, 2014 and finds that firms with higher leverage and audit fees are more likely to go dark, and that registration announcements have negative effects on the firms’ stock price and liquidity employing logit regression and event study methodology. Most importantly, this paper introduces specific titles of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, which might dramatically decrease the number of firms going dark.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Finance
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Zhu, Lingzi
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Administration (Finance option)
Date:14 January 2016
Thesis Supervisor(s):Ullah, Saif
ID Code:981153
Deposited By: LINGZI ZHU
Deposited On:17 Jun 2016 14:37
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:52
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