This paper examines the impact of share repurchase tender offers on the market microstructure. We find that there is a temporary reduction in the bid-ask spread, and a temporary increase in volume and quotation depth during the offer period. Our evidence suggests that the bid-ask spread is asymmetric during the offer period with the bid-side spread smaller than the ask-side spread. The temporary reduction in the spread around offers is consistent with the competing-market-maker hypothesis which predicts that the intensified competition for the market maker raises bid prices and narrows the spread asymmetrically during the offer period.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics