Implications of cash hoarding for shareholders

Derek Oler, Marc Picconi

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Agency theory suggests that firms with very high cash balances ("cash hoarders") are likely to misinvest their funds. However, if investors do not fully recognize the implications of a high cash balance, then future returns may be predictable for cash-hoarding firms. We find that cash hoarders significantly underperform over the two years following their identification as hoarding. In subsequent analysis, we find that returns are significantly negative in the year that a prior cash-hoarding firm reports a significant decrease in cash. Our results suggest that investors do not fully appreciate the implications of a high cash balance for future returns, but do recognize problems when that cash is subsequently spent.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCorporate Governance and Firm Performance
EditorsMark Hirsche, John Kose, Anil Makhija
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameAdvances in Financial Economics
ISSN (Print)1569-3732


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