Gains to Bidder Firms Revisited: Domestic and Foreign Acquisitions in Canada
37 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 1999 Last revised: 1 Jan 2016
Date Written: Decembert 1, 1999
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
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