Privatization and the Market for Corporate Control
J. Harold Mulherin,
Jeffry M. Netter and
Michael Stegemoller Additional contact information J. Harold Mulherin: Claremont McKenna College
Jeffry M. Netter: University of Georgia
Michael Stegemoller: University of Georgia
We study the wealth effects of the mergers of privatized firms. Our sample entails 39 privatized firms that subsequently become targets of a takeover and 52 privatized firms that become bidders in mergers. Our results indicate that target firms experience a 12 percent increase in equity value at the announcement of a merger. The bidding firms experience a positive but insignificant change in equity value at merger announcement. The results indicate that mergers result in net wealth creation for privatized firms and are consistent with property rights/agency cost theory. The results also offer global, non-U.S. evidence that mergers create wealth.