Excess Comovement in International Equity Markets: Evidence from Cross-Border Mergers
Posted: 1 Jun 2010
Date Written: March 4, 2010
Using a large sample of cross-border mergers we measure the effect of a change in location on systematic risk. We document a large, widespread, and robust effect. When a target firm's location moves as a result of an international merger, a large part of its systematic risk switches from being related to its home equity market to that of the acquirer. On average the beta of the pooled target and acquirer with respect to the acquirer market increases by 0.155 and the beta with respect to the target market declines by 0.117. This is equivalent to an excess shift of about 0.5 in the target's beta from its home market to that of the acquirer. We test whether the change in systematic risk can be explained by fundamental factors related to changes in the operations of the firm or merger synergy and find that it cannot.
Keywords: International Mergers, International Equity Market Integration, Stochastic Discount Factors, International Betas, Segmented Markets, Primary Listing
JEL Classification: F23, F36, G12, G15, G34
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