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Gains to Bidder Firms Revisited: Domestic and Foreign Acquisitions in Canada

39 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2000 Last revised: 23 Nov 2015

B. Espen Eckbo

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Karin S. Thorburn

Norwegian School of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: July 1, 1999

Abstract

We present large-sample evidence on the performance of domestic and U.S.(foreign) bidder firms acquiring Canadian targets. Domestic bidders earn significantly positive average announcement-period abnormal returns, while U.S. bidder returns are indistinguishable from zero. Measures of pre- and post-acquisition abnormal accounting performance are also consistent with a superior domestic bidder performance. Domestic bidder announcement returns are on average greatest for offers involving stock-payment and for the bidders with the smallest equity size relative to the target. Neither direct foreign investment controls, horizontal product-market relationships, nor acquisition propensities explain why domestic bidders outperform their U.S. competitors.

JEL Classification: G34

Suggested Citation

Eckbo, B. Espen and Thorburn, Karin S., Gains to Bidder Firms Revisited: Domestic and Foreign Acquisitions in Canada (July 1, 1999). Amos Tuck School of Business Working Paper No. 00-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=191969 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.191969

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Karin S. Thorburn

Norwegian School of Economics ( email )

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