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Title: The impact of dividend initiations on Greek listed firms’ wealth and volatility across information environments
Authors: Dasilas, Apostolos
Lyroudi, Katerina
Ginoglou, Demetrios
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences::Economics and Business::Finance
Issue Date: 2009
Source: Managerial Finance
Volume: 35
Issue: 6
First Page: 531
Last Page: 543
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of dividend initiations on shareholders’ wealth using a sample of 38 Greek listed firms. Design/methodology/approach The event study methodology of Brown and Warner was employed to examine the share price reaction to initial dividend announcements across different information environments. Findings Results show that dividend initiations bring about significant positive abnormal returns in the announcement period. The price response to dividend initiations is inversely associated with the information environment. Finally, the volatility of stock returns is higher in the low information environment group of firms than in the high information environment group of firms. Research limitations/implications The observations are not many, although the whole population is included, since there are no data available prior to 2000. Practical implications These findings are useful to researchers, practitioners and investors who have an interest in firms listed on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) for their proper strategic decision making. Originality/value For the first time the stock price behaviour of firms listed on the ASE around dividend initiation announcement dates is examined.
Other Identifiers: 10.1108/03074350910956981
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