Hot and cold IPO markets : the case of the stock exchange of Mauritius

Ushad Subadar Agathee, Chris Brooks, Raja Vinesh Sannassee

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The aim of this study is to assess the characteristics of the hot and cold IPO markets on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM). The results show that the hot issues exhibit, on average, a greater degree of underpricing than the cold issues, although the hot issue phenomenon is not a significant driving force in explaining this short-run underpricing. The results are consistent with the predictions of the changing risk composition hypothesis in suggesting that firms going public during hot markets are on average relatively more risky. The findings also support the time adverse selection hypothesis in that the firms' quality dispersion is statistically different between hot and cold markets. Finally, the study concludes that firms which go public during hot markets do not underperform those going public in cold markets over the longer term.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-192
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Multinational Financial Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Underpricing
  • Hot/ Cold issue markets
  • Changing Risk Composition Hypothesis
  • Stock Exchange of Mauritius
  • Mauritius


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