This paper explores the underpricing of initial public offerings (IPOs) made by infrastructure companies in India from 2004 to 2010, and follows Dimovski who reported that in the Australian market, infrastructure IPOs did not produce underpricing returns that were statistically significantly different to zero. The objective of this paper is to investigate the underpricing of infrastructure IPOs in the emerging market of India and to explore factors that may influence the underpricing of infrastructure IPOs in India. The results show that, on average, the underpricing returns were 25.4% and statistically significantly different to zero, while money left on the table, in aggregate is not. In contrast to Australian evidence, significant underpricing in Indian infrastructure IPOs indicates greater risk of these investments. We find that oversubscription, government ownership and issue size are significant variables in explaining underpricing in Indian infrastructure IPOs.
Field of Research
150299 Banking, Finance and Investment not elsewhere classified