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Corporate life cycle and M&A activity

Sian Owen and Alfred Yawson

Journal of Banking & Finance, 2010, vol. 34, issue 2, 427-440

Abstract: We investigate the impact of corporate life cycle on takeover activity from the perspective of acquiring firms. Using the earned/contributed capital mix as the proxy for firm life cycle, we find a highly significant and positive relation between firm life cycle and the likelihood of becoming a bidder. This finding is, however, driven by the mature rather than the old acquirers in the sample. Further we find that, whilst firm life cycle has a positive effect on the probability that a deal will be negotiated, it is negatively related to tender offers. In addition, the likelihood of making both cash and mixed deals are positively related to the corporate life cycle. Finally, we find that life cycle has a negative impact on the abnormal returns generated on the announcement of a deal although it is unable to distinguish between the returns received by firms at different stages in their life cycle.

Keywords: Life; cycle; Takeovers; Retained; earnings; Wealth; effect; Method; of; payment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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