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Islamic bond and the wealth effects: Evidence from Malaysia

By Yusnidah Ibrahim

Abstract

The fast growing of Islamic bonds issuance in Malaysia and worldwide, coupled with the lack of corporate finance literature that integrates the development of lslamic capital market motivate us to study the wealth effects of Islamic debt oferings and their determinants. It is found that the market reaction is significantly positive during event windows -3, 0 and -3, 3 surrounding the announcements of lslamic debt issuance. Five variables suggested by the capital structure literature, namely firms size (SIZE), issue size (AMT), leverage (LEV), free cash flows (FCF) and\ud investment opportunity (Te) together with two new variables, the syariah compliant status (SYAR) and the Security Commission's (SC) approval (APPROVAL) were modeled as potential explanatory variables of the wealth effects.The analysis conclude that the wealth effect of lslamic bond issuance announcements is positively influenced by the issuer S investment opportunity and negatively influenced by the issue size, ,firm size and whether the announcement is accompanied by the SC approval. The finding implies that the positive reaction is not due to investors ' preference\ud for Islamic compliant activities but it is due to similar factors,found in studies on conventional bonds.The negative influence of SC approval on the wealfh efect indicates that many listed companies issuing lslamic debt are not complying with the information disclosure requirement

Topics: HG Finance
Publisher: Business Perspectives
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:repo.uum.edu.my:1893
Provided by: UUM Repository
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