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Market reactions to voluntary disclosures of a strategic alliance agreement: evidence from China

Zhang, Xinyue; Li, Wanli; Gao, Simon


Xinyue Zhang

Wanli Li


This paper examines the market reaction to strategic alliance agreements (SAAs), a prevalent yet previously uninvestigated corporate voluntary disclosure practice. We document that investors react positively to SAA disclosures in short windows, and that the effect of SAA disclosures is transitory, since a reversal occurs within 30 days after the disclosure. We also find that the market reaction is weaker to an SAA involving the progress of existing cooperation projects and that markets react more positively to SAAs disclosed by firms that had released progress reports before. The results of cross-sectional tests indicate that investor sophistication and being a high-technology firm strengthen the association between SAA characteristics and market reactions. Finally, we document that market reaction decreased after the passage of the SAA format guidelines in 2015 and after firms have received a comment letter related to an SAA. Overall, our findings indicate that SAA disclosure is a crucial information resource for investors.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 7, 2022
Online Publication Date Apr 13, 2022
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date May 26, 2022
Journal Spanish Journal of Finance and Accounting / Revista Española de Financiación y Contabilidad
Print ISSN 0210-2412
Electronic ISSN 2332-0753
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 2
Pages 233-263
Keywords Information preference, market reaction, qualitative information, strategic alliance agreements, regulation, voluntary disclosures
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