Unformatted text preview: 1 in the numerator and a minus sign in the denominator. 8-5 a. The average investor in a listed firm is not really interested in maintaining his proportionate share of ownership and control. If he wanted to increase his ownership, he could simply buy more stock on the open market. Consequently, most investors are not concerned with whether new shares are sold directly (at about market prices) or through rights offerings. However, if a rights offering is being used to effect a stock split, or is it is being used to reduce the underwriting cost of an issue (by substantial underpricing), the preemptive right may well be beneficial to the firm and to its stockholders. b. The preemptive right is clearly important to the stockholders of closely held firms whose owners are interested in maintaining their relative control positions....
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