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Can Private Equity Funds Act as Strategic Buyers? Evidence from Buy-and-Build Strategies

Dyaran Bansraj, Han Smit and Vadym Volosovych ()
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Dyaran Bansraj: Erasmus University Rotterdam
Han Smit: Erasmus University Rotterdam

No 20-041/IV, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: By holding assets longer and increasingly focusing on growth strategies private equity firms enter the territory of strategic buyers. In one such strategy, a private equity firm buys a company and then builds on that “platform†through add-on acquisitions. We ask whether such serial (buy-and-build) acquisition strategies deliver operating synergies, as expected from strategic buyers, or rather are a form of “window-dressing.†We collect a sample of buy-and-build strategies from seven major European markets and find that the profitability of these strategies improves more than that of the comparable strategies, constructed by us from stand-alone companies. We analyze a number of operating outcomes across various strategy sub-types and confirm that these operational improvements are consistent with the synergy interpretation.

Keywords: Private Equity; Leveraged Buyouts; Buy-and-Build; Operating Performance; Synergies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G24 G34 L2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-07-09
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