Why Newly Listed Firms Become Acquisition Targets
47 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2010 Last revised: 31 Jul 2012
Date Written: May 31, 2012
We study the operating, financial, and ownership structure characteristics of newly listed firms which become acquisition targets shortly after their initial public offerings. We examine whether such firms get acquired because of their successful performance or as an alternative to delisting. We find that firms, which do relatively well in terms of operating as well as stock performance and attract institutional investor interest, draw the attention of acquirers. Furthermore, we observe that investments made by newly listed target firms do not destroy shareholder value and have comparable profitability to investments made by newly listed firms which grow by acquisitions. Overall, firms acquired shortly after listing are on a growth trajectory similar to that of surviving firms.
Keywords: Mergers and acquisitions, Initial public offerings, Operating performance, Financial leverage, Financial liquidity, Institutional ownership
JEL Classification: G31, G32, G34
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