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Mergers and Target Transparency

Iftekhar Hasan (), Jarl G. Kallberg, Crocker H. Liu and Xian Sun

A chapter in Corporate Governance in the US and Global Settings, 2014, vol. 17, pp 193-227 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract We empirically investigate the hypothesis that the less transparent (more difficult to value) the target’s assets are the more likely it is that the acquiring firm can obtain higher short- and long-term returns. We analyze a sample of 1,538 friendly acquisitions partitioned in two separate dimensions: acquisitions of public versus private firms, and acquisitions of a firm’s assets versus acquisitions of a firm’s assets and its management. Using a sample of (nondiversifying) real estate transactions with a public REIT as the acquirer, we find that acquisitions of public firms have insignificant short-term abnormal returns. Acquisitions of private targets have positive and significant short-term abnormal returns. The acquirer’s abnormal returns are higher in both cases when the transactions involve acquisition of the target firm’s management. We find parallel results when analyzing the acquirer’s Q over the merger year and the three following years. Our conclusions are robust to the type of financing (cash, stock, or a combination) used in the acquisition.

Keywords: Mergers and acquisitions; information asymmetry; value of firms; G14; G32; G34; D82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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