PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine the common stock price reaction and the changes to the risk exposure of the cross-listing for real estate investment trusts (REITs).Design/methodology/approachThe paper adopts the event study methodology to assess the abnormal returns (ARs). Pre- and post-cross-listing changes in the risk exposure for the domestic and foreign markets are examined, via a modified two-factor international asset pricing model. A comparison is made for two broad cross-listings, namely, the depositary receipts and the dual ordinary listings, to examine the impacts from institutional differences.FindingsCross-listed REITs generally experience positive and significant ARs throughout the event window, implying significant superior returns associated with the cross-listing for REITs. On systematic risks, REITs exhibit significant decline in their domestic market β coefficients after the cross-listing. However, the foreign market β coefficients do not yield conclusive evidence when compared across the sample.Research limitations/implicationsResults are consistent with prudential asset allocation for potential diversification gains from the cross-listing, as the reduction from the domestic market beta is more significant than changes in the foreign market beta.Practical implicationsThe results and findings should incentivise REIT managers to explore viable cross-listing.Social implicationsSuch cross-listing for REITs should enhance risk diversification.Originality/valueThis is a pioneer study on cross-listing of REITs. It provides a basis for investment decision making, and could provoke further research and discussion.
Journal of Property Investment & Finance – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 7, 2017