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Do Buyouts (Still) Create Value‘

Shourun Guo

Duke Energy Corp.

Edith S. Hotchkiss

Boston College - Carroll School of Management

Weihong Song

University of Cincinnati - Department of Finance

August 1, 2009

Journal of Finance, Forthcoming

We examine whether, and how, leveraged buyouts from the most recent wave of public to private transactions created value. For a sample of 192 buyouts completed between 1990 and 2006, we show that these deals are somewhat more conservatively priced and less levered than their predecessors from the 1980s. For the subsample of deals with post-buyout data available, median market and risk adjusted returns to pre- (post-) buyout capital invested are 72.5% (40.9%). In contrast, gains in operating performance are either comparable to or slightly exceed those observed for benchmark firms. Increases in industry valuation multiples and realized tax benefits from increasing leverage while private are each economically as important as operating gains in explaining realized returns.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 59

Keywords: leveraged buyout, private equity

JEL Classification: G34

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Date posted: August 25, 2007 ; Last revised: August 31, 2009

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Guo, Shourun and Hotchkiss, Edith S. and Song, Weihong, Do Buyouts (Still) Create Value‘ (August 1, 2009). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1009281 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1009281

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Shourun Guo
Duke Energy Corp. ( email )
139 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States
Edith S. Hotchkiss (Contact Author)
Boston College - Carroll School of Management ( email )
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Department of Finance Fulton Hall, Room 330
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
United States
617-552-3240 (Phone)
617-552-0431 (Fax)
Weihong Song
University of Cincinnati - Department of Finance ( email )
College of Business
PO Box 210195
Cincinnati, OH 45221
United States
513-556-7041 (Phone)
513-556-0979 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://business.uc.edu/weihong-song
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