New Research from S&P Capital IQ Affirms Positive Stock Performance Behavior Following Company Stock Buyback Actions

Jan 23, 2014 / 09:00 AM
New York, NY

New York, NY - January 23, 2014 - US firms that authorize and announce share repurchase programs, aka buybacks, have historically shown statistically and economically significant outperformance following the announcements, according to a new report issued by S&P Capital IQ, a leading provider of multi-asset class data, research and analytics. This research, authored by S&P Capital IQ's Quantamental Research team, also indicates that outperformance is greatest in smaller market capitalization stocks, and historically has continued even past the first few trading days following the announcement. 

Recognizing that share repurchase programs have become increasingly prevalent over recent years -- often replacing dividends as a common method of returning shareholder capital -- the S&P Capital IQ report, entitled, "Buying Outperformance: Do Share Repurchase Announcements Lead to Higher Returns?," examines the returns surrounding buyback announcements to test whether, and when, buyback programs signal subsequent outperformance and add shareholder value.  Click here for a copy of the S&P Capital IQ report.

"The goal of our research is to help investors identify those drivers that allow them to consistently beat a broad-based equity benchmark," said David Pope, Managing Director of Quantitative Research. In this case, we observed that stocks on average outperformed the equally weighted Russell 3000 by 0.60% over one month, and by 1.38% over one year periods following buyback announcements.  Stocks also outperformed their sector and peer groups of similar size and value over the period Jan 2004 - July 2013."

Additional findings from the S&P Capital IQ report include:

  • Outperformance is greatest among small caps or larger buybacks as a % of shares outstanding
  • Disclosed insider trading and buyback announcement signals are complementary
  • European stocks showed 12 month post-buyback outperformance, but no significant excess returns over shorter one month post-announcement periods

S&P Capital IQ's quantamental research focuses on actionable investment strategies for global equity investors.  The audience for its research includes US and global buy-side, hedge fund, family office, and high net worth investors.

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