How Do Underwriters Select Peers When Valuing IPOs?

Stefano Paleari, Andrea Signori, Silvio Vismara

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Valuing initial public offerings (IPOs) using multiples allows underwriters discretion when selecting comparable firms. We find that they systematically exclude candidate comparable firms that make a given IPO appear overvalued. On average, comparable firms published in official prospectuses have 13%-38% higher valuation multiples than those obtained from matching algorithms or selected by sell-side analysts, including the same underwriter's analyst after the IPO. Even if IPOs are priced at a discount as compared to peers selected by the underwriters, they are still at a premium with regard to alternatively selected peers. Greater bias in the underwriter's selection of peers leads to poorer long run performance.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)731-755
Numero di pagine25
RivistaFinancial Management
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2014


  • Initial Public Offerings, valuation, underwriters, comparables, multiples


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