Performance Benefits of Tight Control

31 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2010 Last revised: 15 Mar 2011

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Andrej Gill

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Nikolai Visnjic

Goethe University Frankfurt

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Date Written: February 15, 2011


This paper sheds light on the choice between being a listed company and having a dispersed ownership structure rather than being privately held and having a concentrated ownership structure. In order to investigate this decision we consider reverse leveraged buyouts and analyze relative operational performance during their private period. We see significant positive abnormal growth rates in several performance ratios within our sample of private companies. Our analysis suggests that performance differences stem from efficiency gains (focus on core business and cost reduction).

Keywords: LBO, RLBO, IPO, Private Equity, Corporate Control, Restructuring

JEL Classification: 10, 14, 23, 30, 32, 34

Suggested Citation

Gill, Andrej and Visnjic, Nikolai, Performance Benefits of Tight Control (February 15, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Andrej Gill (Contact Author)

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Nikolai Visnjic

Goethe University Frankfurt ( email )

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Frankfurt am Main, 60323

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