Research and Publications
Tracking Stock or Spin-off? Determinants of Choice
2008, Financial Management
I examine the roles of valuable internal capital markets, cross-subsidization, and insider ownership as determinants of choice between tracking stock and spin-offs in corporate equity restructuring. I show that conglomerates are more likely to choose tracking stock if they want to obtain some of the benefits offered by a spin-off, without loosing the potential for valuable internal capital markets. My results suggest that the market rewards firms with valuable internal capital markets that opt for tracking stocks, and penalizes the possibility of consolidated tax treatments. The market also reacts more favorably to unanticipated tracking-stock announcements.
Danielova, A. (2008), "Tracking Stock or Spin-off? Determinants of Choice," Financial Management, 37 (1), 125-139.