The Pricing of Low Exercise Price Options.Abstract:
This paper examines the pricing of Low Exercise Price Options (LEPOs) listed on the Australian Stock Exchange Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)
Australia's major securities market, formed when the six state stock exchanges (Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney stock exchanges) were merged in 1987. . The cost of carrying model is used to calculate theoretical prices which are then compared to the price at which actual trades occurred. The results indicate that LEPO LEPO Low Exercise Price Option
LEPO Legislative Environmental Policy Office (Montana) trades, that are unaffected by dividends, may be underpriced un·der·price
tr.v. un·der·priced, un·der·pric·ing, un·der·pric·es
1. To price lower than the real, normal, or appropriate value.
2. relative to the underlying shares. A possible reason for this may be the difficulty associated with short-selling shares in the Australian market.
LOW EXERCISE PRICE OPTIONS; SHORT-SELLING; OPTIONS; FUTURES.
On 7 April 1995 the Australian Stock Exchange allowed trading to begin in a new product called a Low Exercise Price Option (LEPO). A LEPO is similar to a standard exchange-traded call option, in that it gives the taker tak·er
One that takes or takes up something, such as a wager or purchase: There were no takers on the bets.
Noun the right to purchase 1,000 shares in a company at a predetermined pre·de·ter·mine
v. pre·de·ter·mined, pre·de·ter·min·ing, pre·de·ter·mines
1. To determine, decide, or establish in advance: exercise price and imposes an obligation upon the writer of the LEPO to sell those shares at the exercise price if the option is exercised. Several important differences distinguish LEPOs from standard exchange-traded options Exchange-Traded Option
An option traded on a regulated exchange where the terms of each option are standardized by the exchange. The contract is standardized so that underlying asset, quantity, expiration date and strike price are known in advance. , and these differences have important implications for the pricing of this new security. This paper considers the pricing of LEPOs on eight of the ten companies for which LEPO trading was initially authorized au·thor·ize
tr.v. au·thor·ized, au·thor·iz·ing, au·thor·iz·es
1. To grant authority or power to.
2. To give permission for; sanction: ; ANZ ANZ Australia and New Zealand
ANZ Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited
ANZ Air New Zealand (NZ national airline) Banking Group Ltd, BHP BHP
blood hydrostatic pressure; the pressure exerted by the blood cells and plasma in the capillaries. Ltd, CRA See Community Reinvestment Act. Ltd, Foster's Brewing brewing: see beer. Group Ltd, M.I.M. Holdings Ltd, National Australia Bank The National Australia Bank or NAB (ASX: NAB, LSE: NAB, NYSE: NAB, TYO: 8637 ) is part of the NAB Group. It is the largest bank in Australia by assets, and 28th largest in the world. Ltd, News Corporation Ltd, Westpac Banking Corporation Ltd and Western Mining Corporation Ltd.(1)
The purpose of this paper is to determine whether the LEPOs are being priced without bias. The way in which LEPOs should be priced will be discussed in section 2. Section 3 will detail the data used in the analysis, while section 4 describes the methodology undertaken to determine whether the market is pricing the securities unbiasedly. The results of the tests are in section 5 and section 6 presents the conclusions.
2. Pricing of Low Exercise Price Options
The primary difference between a LEPO and a standard exchange-traded call option is that a LEPO has a nominal exercise price Nominal exercise price
The exercise price of a GNMA option contract, which equals the unpaid principal balance multiplied by the adjusted exercise price.
nominal exercise price .(2) As a result, the LEPO will almost always be `deep-in-the-money', and the price of the underlying share at expiry will almost always be greater than the exercise price specified in the contract. This is especially true given that the companies for which LEPO trading occurs are among the largest companies on the Australian Stock Exchange. Such companies have a lower probability of default Probability of default (PD) is a parameter used in the calculation of economic capital or regulatory capital under Basel II for a banking institution. This is an attribute of bank's client. than smaller companies. This necessarily implies that the holder of the LEPO will exercise the `option' in all but the most extraordinary of circumstances.(3)
Another important difference between LEPOs and standard exchange-traded options is that the taker of the LEPO is not obliged o·blige
v. o·bliged, o·blig·ing, o·blig·es
1. To constrain by physical, legal, social, or moral means.
2. to pay for the option in full; rather, they are only required to deposit an initial margin with the exchange. All positions are marked-to-market daily; that is, changes in the value of positions are credited or debited to accounts on a daily basis. When the LEPO is exercised, the initial margin is returned, all previous mark-to-market postings are reversed and the taker/writer receives/delivers 1,000 shares after paying/receiving 1,000 times the sum of the option price and the exercise price. Petzel (1995) points out; `The net effect of futures-style margins on a zero-strike price option is to transform it into a futures contract' (p. 33). That is, a European-style call option that is marked-to-market daily and has a negligible This article or section is written like a personal reflection or and may require .
Please [ improve this article] by rewriting this article or section in an . exercise price, is virtually identical to a futures contract Futures Contract
An exchange traded agreement to buy or sell a particular type and grade of commodity for delivery at an agreed upon place and time in the future. Futures contracts are transferable between parties. on the same commodity. As such, the LEPO can be priced in the same way as a futures contract is priced with a small adjustment being made for the value of the exercise price paid at expiry(.4)
The method of valuation is based on the cost of carrying model.(5) In its simplest form the cost of carrying model states that the value of a futures contract must be equal to the cost of the spot commodity plus the cost associated with holding that commodity until the maturity of the contract. If this condition does not hold, then arbitrage arbitrage: see foreign exchange.
Business operation involving the purchase of foreign currency, gold, financial securities, or commodities in one market and their almost simultaneous sale in another market, in order to profit from price opportunities may arise. Applied to LEPOs, the current value of a contract is equal to the current price of the underlying share compounded by the risk-free interest rate Risk-Free Interest Rate
Describes return available to an investor in a security somehow guaranteed to produce that return. The risk-free interest rate compensataes the investor for the temporary sacrifice of consumption. , less the accumulated ac·cu·mu·late
v. ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, ac·cu·mu·lat·ing, ac·cu·mu·lates
To gather or pile up; amass. See Synonyms at gather.
To mount up; increase. value of any dividends where the shares went ex-dividend during the life of the contract, less the exercise price of 1[cts.]. That is, the value of a LEPO is equal to the spot price, plus any costs of borrowing, less the accumulated value of dividends and less the exercise price. This paper uses continuously compounded returns, hence the pricing formula is:(6)
(1) [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION A group of characters or symbols representing a quantity or an operation. See arithmetic expression. NOT REPRODUCIBLE re·pro·duce
v. re·pro·duced, re·pro·duc·ing, re·pro·duc·es
1. To produce a counterpart, image, or copy of.
2. Biology To generate (offspring) by sexual or asexual means. IN ASCII ASCII or American Standard Code for Information Interchange, a set of codes used to represent letters, numbers, a few symbols, and control characters. Originally designed for teletype operations, it has found wide application in computers. ]
where: [S.sub.0] = price of underlying share at time 0;
[L.sub.0,1] = price of LEPO contract entered into at time 0 for delivery at time 1;
D = value of share dividends where the share went ex-dividend during the life of the LEPO contract;
r = risk-free rate of return Risk-Free Rate of Return
The theoretical rate of return of an investment with zero risk. The risk-free rate represents the interest an investor would expect from an absolutely risk-free investment over a specified period of time. over the life of the contract;
X = exercise price (equals 1[cts.]);
n = number of days until contract maturity; and
y = number of days until dividend is paid.
The question that arises when the underlying share goes ex-dividend during the life of the LEPO is; at what value should that dividend be incorporated into the pricing equation? The actual value of the dividend to each shareholder will depend on their tax position. If only the cash value of the dividend is used then the implicit assumption being made is that the franking credit A franking credit is a nominal unit of tax paid by companies paying tax in countries that have a dividend imputation system. Franking credits are passed on to shareholders along with dividends. cannot be used by the shareholder. Alternatively, if the full grossed-up value of the dividend is incorporated, the assumption being made is that the franking credit can be fully utilized by the shareholder. To examine the sensitivity of the results to the treatment of franking credits attached to the dividends, dividend-affected trades are considered separately from those trades not affected by dividends.
This paper examines the pricing of LEPO contracts traded in the period August 1995 to July 1996. Trades in the contracts and in the underlying shares were collected from the Equinet Database. Information gathered included; the time that each trade took place (to the nearest minute), the price at which the trade took place, the volume of the contracts/shares traded and any special comments accompanying the trade (e.g. whether the trade was a special crossing). LEPO trades were excluded from the analysis where the comment accompanying the trade indicated that the trade was a crossing or that there was something `special' about it indicating that the price of the trade could not be regarded as market-determined.(7) The share price used in the pricing formula was the price at which the underlying share traded in the minute closest to the LEPO trade.(8) If more than one trade took place in that minute, the price relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc the largest number of shares traded in that minute was used.
Proxies for the risk-free rate of return were obtained from the Equinet Database. Specifically, the daily values for the Reserve Bank of Australia The Reserve Bank of Australia came into being on 14 January 1960 to operate as Australia's central bank and banknote issuing authority. The bank offers banking services to the Federal Government, and to licensed banks that participate in the payments system. (RBA RBA Rare Bird Alert
RBA Reserve Bank of Australia
RBA Run Book Automation
RBA Rochester Business Alliance
RBA Rights-Based Approach
RBA Royal Brunei Airlines (ICAO code)
RBA Relative Byte Address
RBA relative binding affinity ) 11 a.m. Cash Rate, the RBA 90-Day Dealers Bill Rate, and the RBA 180-Day Dealers Bill Rate were obtained for the sample period. The interest rate used in equation 1 varied depending on the amount of time until dividend payment or contract maturity. That is, if the relevant number of days was 45 or less the cash rate was used, if there were between 46 and 135 days the 90 day rate was chosen and if there were more than 135 days until the contract matures or the dividend is paid the 180 day rate was utilized.(9)
For each LEPO trade that occurred, equation 2 was used to calculate a theoretical price. In order to ascertain whether the market is pricing the LEPO contracts in an unbiased fashion, the theoretical price is compared with the actual price using non-parametric statistics.(10)
If the LEPOs are being priced without bias, then it would be expected that there would be an approximately equal number of occasions when the theoretical price of the LEPO exceeds the actual price as there are instances when the actual price exceeds the theoretical price. The sign test can be used to make inferences about the proportion of underpricings and overpricings in the population from which the sample of LEPO prices have been drawn. If we define P as the proportion of occasions when the LEPO is underpriced/overpriced, then a test of the unbiased pricing hypothesis is;
[H.sub.0]: P = 0.5.
By counting the number of times that the LEPO contracts are overpriced o·ver·price
tr.v. o·ver·priced, o·ver·pric·ing, o·ver·pric·es
To put too high a price or value on.
costing more than it is thought to be worth
Adj. versus underpriced, relative to the underlying share, the probability that the sample is drawn from a population where there is an equal chance of either form of mispricing can be calculated by reference to the cumulative binomial distribution binomial distribution
The frequency distribution of the probability of a specified number of successes in an arbitrary number of repeated independent Bernoulli trials. Also called Bernoulli distribution. .
Analysis of those trades affected by dividends is somewhat problematic. At first glance, it may seem a reasonable approach to attempt to account for the value of the dividend by examining what the ex-dividend date Ex-dividend date
The first day of trading when the buyer of a stock is no longer entitled to the most recently announced dividend payment ( i.e. the trade will settle the day after the record date, too late for the buyer to appear on the shareholder record and receive the dividend. drop-off has traditionally been for the shares underlying the LEPO contracts (an approach favoured by a number of previous studies that have attempted to estimate the value of dividends Hathaway & Officer (1992), Brown & Clarke (1993), and Bruckner, Dews & White (1994)). Heath and Jarrow (1988) however, suggest that the ex-dividend date drop-off is an inadequate proxy for the value of the dividend, as trading in shares is riskier around the time of the ex-dividend date. This implies that the decrease in share value on the ex-dividend date may not only be a result of the lapsing lapse
v. lapsed, laps·ing, laps·es
a. To fall from a previous level or standard, as of accomplishment, quality, or conduct: of the entitlement to the dividend, but may also reflect a higher risk premium applied to the shares themselves. The only appropriate solution to this problem is to calculate the bounds within which the value of the dividend would lie. If all investors could make full use of the tax credit, whilst incurring no tax liability themselves, the appropriate value for the dividend would be its grossed-up value. Conversely con·verse 1
intr.v. con·versed, con·vers·ing, con·vers·es
1. To engage in a spoken exchange of thoughts, ideas, or feelings; talk. See Synonyms at speak.
2. , if all investors were exempt from the Australian taxation system, and hence were unable to take advantage of the value of the imputation IMPUTATION. The judgment by which we declare that an agent is the cause of his free action, or of the result of it, whether good or ill. Wolff, Sec. 3. credit, then the cash dividend amount would represent the total value of the distribution of profit.
Testing is carried out twice for the dividend-affected trades; firstly, with no adjustment to the cash dividend and secondly, with full adjustment for the franking credit attached to the dividend.(11) Inferences may only be drawn where the results are robust to using the cash dividend and the grossed-up dividend.
However, it should be noted that the clearest results may be obtained from those trades unaffected by dividends.
Table 1 considers the pricing of LEPO trades that have not been affected by dividends.
Table 1 Sign Test Results for Trades Not Affected by Dividends Company N Over- Under- Probability pricings pricings ANZ Banking Group 28 7 21 0.006(*) Ltd BHP Ltd 250 107 143 0.013(*) CRA Ltd 197 61 136 0.000(*) M.I.M. Holdings Ltd 75 22 53 0.000(*) National Australia 74 30 44 0.065 Bank News Corp. Ltd 52 28 24 0.339 Westpac Banking 30 3 27 0.000(*) Corp. Western Mining 255 98 157 0.000(*) Corp. All Companies 961 356 605 0.000(*) All Companies by Maturity 0 - 21 Days 219 75 144 0.000(*) 22 - 42 Days 256 79 177 0.000(*) 43 - 72 Days 267 117 150 0.025(*) 73 - 252 Days 219 85 134 0.001(*) Median Median Company Days Median Absolute until Mispricing Mispricing Maturity (%) (%) ANZ Banking Group 66 -0.28 0.32 Ltd BHP Ltd 35 -0.02 0.09 CRA Ltd 42 -1.21 1.21 M.I.M. Holdings Ltd 106 -0.42 0.78 National Australia 57 -0.12 0.26 Bank News Corp. Ltd 24 0.08 0.27 Westpac Banking 77 -1.98 1.98 Corp. Western Mining 42 -0.11 0.24 Corp. All Companies 43 -0.09 0.23 All Companies by Maturity 0 - 21 Days 9 -0.05 0.14 22 - 42 Days 31 -0.14 0.27 43 - 72 Days 57 -0.05 0.23 73 - 252 Days 87 -0.12 0.31
Note: (*) Denotes significance at the 5% level for the two-tailed sign test.
The results suggest that LEPOs traded on six of the eight companies are systematically underpriced relative to the underlying shares, whilst there is no evidence that the LEPOs traded on the other two companies are mispriced.
This finding may be explained by the difficulty associated with short-selling shares.(12) Puttonen (1993) found that stock market returns were positively related with lagged futures and options returns. This relationship was found to be stronger for negative returns than for positive returns. This result was explained by the fact that short-selling constraints CONSTRAINTS - A language for solving constraints using value inference.
["CONSTRAINTS: A Language for Expressing Almost-Hierarchical Descriptions", G.J. Sussman et al, Artif Intell 14(1):1-39 (Aug 1980)]. reduce the speed with which the share market incorporates negative information into prices, whilst there is no such difficulty in derivative markets Derivative markets
Markets for derivative instruments. . Figlewski and Webb (1993) also found that constraints on the short-selling of shares caused negative information to be underweighted in the market price of shares. The results in table 1 indicate that LEPOs are underpriced relative to the corresponding shares. If there is a lagged relationship between shares and derivatives in Australia, and if this relationship is stronger for negative returns than for positive returns, then the results in table 1 may not be an indication of the LEPOs being relatively underpriced, but may instead simply be the result of share prices being slow to adjust to negative information.
The apparent underpricing Underpricing
Issuing securities at less than their market value.
The pricing of a new security issue at less than the prevailing price of the same security in the secondary market. Underpricing helps ensure a successful sale. may also be related to the difference in the transaction costs Transaction Costs
Costs incurred when buying or selling securities. These include brokers' commissions and spreads (the difference between the price the dealer paid for a security and the price they can sell it). that need to be incurred in order to take advantage of a mispriced LEPO. If a LEPO is overpriced then the arbitrager ar·bi·tra·geur also ar·bi·tra·ger
One that engages in arbitrage.
[French, from arbitrage, arbitration; see arbitrage.]
Noun 1. incurs transaction costs in selling the LEPO and buying the share. If a LEPO is underpriced, then the arbitrager pays the transaction costs associated with buying the LEPO and short-selling the share. Whilst we may assume that the costs associated with buying or selling the LEPO would be identical, it is likely that the costs associated with short-selling a share are greater than those associated with buying a share. If this is the case, then we would expect to observe more instances of apparent LEPO underpricing than occasions where the LEPO is apparently overpriced.(13)
When trades are considered on the basis of term to maturity, systematic underpricing is apparent across all periods. The underpricing bias, however, appears to be stronger for the shorter terms to maturity. In order to test for the independence between term to maturity and the number of underpricings and overpricings, a chi-square test chi-square test: see statistics. is performed. The calculated test statistic statistic,
n a value or number that describes a series of quantitative observations or measures; a value calculated from a sample.
a numerical value calculated from a number of observations in order to summarize them. of 10.48 is significant at the 5% level. Therefore the hypothesis that the number of underpricings or overpricings is independent of the number of days until the LEPO contract matures is rejected. A possible explanation for this result may be the estimation estimation
In mathematics, use of a function or formula to derive a solution or make a prediction. Unlike approximation, it has precise connotations. In statistics, for example, it connotes the careful selection and testing of a function called an estimator. error associated with the interest rate used in equation 1. As the LEPOs term to maturity increases so too does the impact of the interest rate on the calculated LEPO price. If the interest rate specified in equation 1 is too low, then an increase in the term to maturity will necessarily result in an increase in the apparent number of overpricings relative to underpricings. In order to study the strength of the apparent underpricing, independent of the interest rate effect, the trades with the shortest term to maturity, that is with between 1 and 21 days until maturity, are examined. Even when interest rates are decreased by 2%, there is still statistically significant evidence of underpricing.
Hence, there seem to be two separate effects that influence the pricing of LEPOs, each working in an opposite direction. The difficulty associated with exploiting underpriced LEPOs due to short-selling constraints, results in the systematic underpricing of the security. At the same time, the estimation error associated with the interest rate used in the pricing model has resulted in a tendency for the model to underestimate the LEPOs value. The apparent overpricing that results from this estimation error becomes more prevalent as the term to maturity increases, due to the increased influence of interest rates on the LEPO's theoretical price.
Those trades that are affected by dividends are considered in table 2. The results indicate that LEPOs relating to two of the eight companies, ANZ Banking Group Ltd and M.I.M. Holdings Ltd, are systematically overpriced relative to the underlying shares. Further, for all but one of the companies, and for both cash dividend-adjusted prices and grossed-up dividend-adjusted prices, the number of relatively overpriced LEPOs exceeds the number of underpriced LEPOs.
Table 2 Binomial Test Results for Trades Affected by Dividends Dividend Over- Under- Company Adjustment N pricings pricings ANZ Banking Cash Only 20 16 4 Group Ltd Grossed Up 20 19 1 BHP Ltd Cash Only 105 56 49 Grossed Up 105 105 0 CRA Ltd Cash Only 5 2 3 Grossed Up 5 3 2 M.I.M. Holdings Cash Only 42 32 10 Ltd National Australia Cash Only 5 4 1 Bank Grossed Up 5 5 0 News Corporation Cash Only 23 13 10 Ltd Westpac Banking Cash Only 10 7 3 Corp. Grossed Up 10 10 0 Western Mining Cash Only 34 22 12 Corp. Grossed Up 34 32 2 All Companies Cash Only 244 152 92 Grossed Up 244 219 25 Median Median Dividend No. of Mispricing Company Adjustment Prob. Days (%) ANZ Banking Cash Only 0.006(*) 133 0.45 Group Ltd Grossed Up 0.000(*) 133 1.08 BHP Ltd Cash Only 0.279 87 0.02 Grossed Up 0.000(*) 87 0.79 CRA Ltd Cash Only 0.500 114 -0.37 Grossed Up 0.500 114 0.43 M.I.M. Holdings Cash Only 0.001(*) 188 0.70 Ltd National Australia Cash Only 0.188 155 0.12 Bank Grossed Up 0.031 155 2.38 News Corporation Cash Only 0.339 106 0.18 Ltd Westpac Banking Cash Only 0.172 199 0.52 Corp. Grossed Up 0.001(*) 199 2.26 Western Mining Cash Only 0.061 119 0.27 Corp. Grossed Up 0.000(*) 119 1.03 All Companies Cash Only 0.000(*) 119 0.10 Grossed Up 0.000(*) 119 0.79 Median Absolute Dividend Mispricing Company Adjustment (%) ANZ Banking Cash Only 0.55 Group Ltd Grossed Up 1.08 BHP Ltd Cash Only 0.11 Grossed Up 0.79 CRA Ltd Cash Only 1.68 Grossed Up 0.90 M.I.M. Holdings Cash Only 1.14 Ltd National Australia Cash Only 0.26 Bank Grossed Up 2.38 News Corporation Cash Only 0.25 Ltd Westpac Banking Cash Only 0.52 Corp. Grossed Up 2.26 Western Mining Cash Only 0.39 Corp. Grossed Up 1.06 All Companies Cash Only 0.24 Grossed Up 0.85
Note: (*) Denotes significance at the 5% level for the two-tailed sign test.
As the term to maturity of dividend affected trades is generally greater than for non-dividend affected trades, the results will be more sensitive to interest rate misspecification. If investors cannot borrow at the risk-free rate Risk-free rate
The rate earned on a riskless asset. , then the interest rate used in the calculation of theoretical LEPO prices may be too low, resulting in the apparent systematic overpricing of LEPOs. In order to test the sensitivity of the results to interest rate misspecification, table 2 is reformulated after increasing the interest rate used in equation 2 by 1%. The new results are contained in table 3.
Table 3 Binomial Test In statistics, the binomial test is an exact test of the statistical significance of deviations from a theoretically expected distribution of observations into two categories. Results for Trades Affected by Dividends with Interest Rates Increased by 1%
Dividend Over- Under- Company Adjustment N pricings pricings ANZ Banking Cash Only 20 11 9 Group Ltd Grossed Up 20 19 1 BHP Ltd Cash Only 105 5 100 Grossed Up 105 103 2 CRA Ltd Cash Only 5 1 4 Grossed Up 5 3 2 M.I.M. Holdings Cash Only 42 22 20 Ltd National Australia Cash Only 5 0 5 Bank Grossed Up 5 5 0 News Corporation Cash Only 23 5 18 Ltd Westpac Banking Cash Only 10 4 6 Corp. Grossed Up 10 10 0 Western Mining Cash Only 34 14 20 Corp. Grossed Up 34 27 7 All Companies Cash Only 244 62 182 Grossed Up 244 194 50 Dividend Median Median Company Adjustment Prob. No. of Mispricing Days (%) ANZ Banking Cash Only 0.412 133 0.07 Group Ltd Grossed Up 0.000(*) 133 0.68 BHP Ltd Cash Only 0.000(*) 87 -0.26 Grossed Up 0.000(*) 87 0.51 CRA Ltd Cash Only 0.188 114 -0.68 Grossed Up 0.500 114 0.11 M.I.M. Holdings Cash Only 0.439 188 0.13 Ltd National Australia Cash Only 0.031 155 -0.23 Bank Grossed Up 0.031 155 1.97 News Corporation Cash Only 0.005(*) 106 -0.23 Ltd Westpac Banking Cash Only 0.377 199 0.00 Corp. Grossed Up 0.001(*) 199 1.67 Western Mining Cash Only 0.196 119 -0.11 Corp. Grossed Up 0.000(*) 119 0.68 All Companies Cash Only 0.000(*) 119 -0.21 Grossed Up 0.000(*) 119 0.50 Median Dividend Absolute Company Adjustment Mispricing (%) ANZ Banking Cash Only 0.27 Group Ltd Grossed Up 0.68 BHP Ltd Cash Only 0.27 Grossed Up 0.51 CRA Ltd Cash Only 1.43 Grossed Up 1.21 M.I.M. Holdings Cash Only 0.76 Ltd National Australia Cash Only 0.23 Bank Grossed Up 1.97 News Corporation Cash Only 0.27 Ltd Westpac Banking Cash Only 0.50 Corp. Grossed Up 1.67 Western Mining Cash Only 0.20 Corp. Grossed Up 0.69 All Companies Cash Only 0.31 Grossed Up 0.57
Note: (*) Denotes significance at the 5% level for the two-tailed sign test.
When interest rates are increased by 1%, there is no evidence that the dividend-affected LEPO trades are systematically mispriced.
Whilst the results have indicated that LEPOs are systematically underpriced, there is no evidence that the mispricing is economically significant. The median absolute mispricing is less than 1% for both dividend-affected and non-dividend -affected trades. Transaction costs such as brokerage fees and state-duty could easily account for why the mispricing has not been arbitraged away. These costs, however, do not explain the existence of the systematic mispricing in the first instance.
Market illiquidity will serve as an impediment A disability or obstruction that prevents an individual from entering into a contract.
Infancy, for example, is an impediment in making certain contracts. Impediments to marriage include such factors as consanguinity between the parties or an earlier marriage that is still valid. to any apparent mispricing being arbitraged away. Following Twite twite
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[Imitative of its call.] and Wood (1997), a thorough analysis was undertaken to detect any possible clustering in the data, as clustering would suggest that there were greater opportunities to exploit. No evidence of clustering was found. This suggests why the mispricing was not arbitraged away but once again it does not explain the existence of the systematic mispricing.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether Low Exercise Price Options were priced without bias by the market. The results indicate that of those LEPO trades not affected by dividends, six of the eight companies examined were systematically underpriced. A possible explanation for this apparent mispricing may be the higher transaction costs and other impediments IMPEDIMENTS, contracts. Legal objections to the making of a contract. Impediments which relate to the person are those of minority, want of reason, coverture, and the like; they are sometimes called disabilities. Vide Incapacity.
2. associated with short-selling shares on the Australian Stock Exchange. Separate analysis of LEPO trades that were affected by dividends indicated a bias towards overpricing. This result may be explained by the estimation error associated with the interest rate used in the calculation of the theoretical LEPO price.
(1.) LEPOs for BTR BTR Rupee (currency of Bhutan)
BTR Board of Technical Registration
BTR Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen song)
BTR Bureau of Tourism Research (Australia)
BTR Back To Reality Nylex Ltd and Foster's Brewing Group Ltd were not traded with sufficient frequency over the sample period to warrant inclusion in the sample. There were only 17 valid LEPO trades for Fosters Brewing Group Ltd and no valid trades for BTR Nylex Ltd.
(2.) All LEPOs currently have an exercise price of 1[cts.].
(3.) The only time that a LEPO would not be exercised by a rational investor, is when the price of the share is less than the cost of exercising the option Exercising the option
The act of buying or selling the underlying asset via the option contract. . As the current exercise price of all LEPOs is 1[cts.], the probability of the option being allowed to lapse (language) LAPSE - A single assignment language for the Manchester dataflow machine.
["A Single Assignment Language for Data Flow Computing", J.R.W. Glauert, M.Sc Diss, Victoria U Manchester, 1978]. is negligible. In the absence of transaction costs, the option would be exercised unless the underlying share has a value of less than or equal to 1[cts.].
(4.) LEPOs were introduced by the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX ASX
See: Australian Stock Exchange ) on 7 April 1995 whilst the Sydney Futures Exchange Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE)
The derivatives market of Australia. (SFE See Sydney Futures Exchange. ) introduced Individual Share Futures Contracts on 16 May 1994. These contracts have been examined by Brailsford and Cusack (1997) and Twite and Wood (1997). The ASX differentiates its product on two main grounds. Firstly, that the LEPO premium can be off-set against other exchange-traded options, hence providing the opportunity to significantly reduce margins. Secondly, LEPOs require physical delivery of the underlying asset, whilst ISFs, up until 26 September 1996, were cash settled instruments.
(5.) For a more comprehensive discussion of this model see Black (1976) and Cox, Ingersoll and Ross (1981). This model also assumes a frictionless capital market where funds can be borrowed and lent at the risk-free rate which is itself non-stochastic. For a discussion of the importance of this assumption see Twite (1992).
(6.) The use of the cost of carry model assumes that the LEPO contract will always be exercised. As the only time that a LEPO will not be exercised by a rational investor is when the price of the share is less than the 1 [cts.] cost of exercising the option, this is a very realistic assumption.
The trivial TRIVIAL. Of small importance. It is a rule in equity that a demurrer will lie to a bill on the ground of the triviality of the matter in dispute, as being below the dignity of the court. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4237. See Hopk. R. 112; 4 John. Ch. 183; 4 Paige, 364. difference made to the analysis by making this assumption may be illustrated by comparing the value of a LEPO using the cost of carry model and a modified Black-Scholes model. The Black-Scholes model must be modified to recognize that the premium is paid at the expiry of the contract. The modified formula is:
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where N([d.sub.1]) and N([d.sub.2]) are as defined in the standard Black-Scholes formula. For a LEPO with an underlying share price of $1, a volatility of the underlying share of 80% per annum Per annum
Yearly. , a time to maturity of two years, an exercise price of 1 [cts.], and where the risk-free rate of interest is 40% per annum, the value from the modified Black-Scholes model is $2.2155410, and the value using the cost of carry model is $2.2155409, the difference being $0.0000001. Therefore, even when extreme values of all parameters are selected to maximize the possibility of not exercising the option, the value of this right is worth only $0.000,000,1. This would be undetectable in empirical tests. For a comprehensive discussion of the pricing issues relating to LEPOs see Martini (1994).
(7.) Of the 1,442 trades that were collected for the eight companies over the sample period, 237 were excluded leaving a valid sample of 1,205 trades.
(8.) The average amount of time between the trade in the LEPO and the matched trade in the underlying share was 1.01 minutes. For 81% of matched trades the time difference was 1 minute or less.
(9.) The analysis was repeated using each of the three rates exclusively and the results in each case were very similar.
(10.) Parametric See parametric modeling, parametric symbol and PTC. techniques were excluded because of the restrictive assumptions that need to be made about the distribution of the variables concerned.
(11.) M.I.M. Holdings Ltd and News Corporation Ltd were the only firms whose dividends were unfranked. ANZ paid a dividend of which only 33% attracted a franking credit. The remaining securities paid fully-franked dividends.
(12.) ASX Business Rule 2.18 (11)(a) provides that `A Short Sale of Public Securities shall not be made with a settlement date more than 10 Trading Days In Business, the trading day is the time span that a particular stock exchange is open. For example, the New York Stock Exchange is, as of 2006, open from 09:30AM to 4:00PM. Trading days never take place on weekends. after the date of sale'. Hence, exploiting an arbitrage opportunity when the LEPO is relatively underpriced and has more than 10 days until expiry will be problematic. Even when there are 10 days or less until expiry, it is relatively more difficult to short-sell a share than it is to write a LEPO, as brokers will require security and may withhold with·hold
v. with·held , with·hold·ing, with·holds
1. To keep in check; restrain.
2. To refrain from giving, granting, or permitting. See Synonyms at keep.
3. a proportion of the proceeds from the short-sale to protect themselves against non-delivery of the shares.
(13.) We thank Garry Twite for recognising this possible explanation.
(Date of receipt of final typescript: August 1998 Accepted by Garry Twite, Area Editor.)
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