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What All-Cash Companies Tell Us About IPOs and Acquisitions

Usha Rodrigues

University of Georgia Law School

Mike Stegemoller

Baylor University

July 25, 2012

We examine the IPOs of and acquisitions made by all-cash firms. This unique sample of firms provides a perspective unencumbered by much of the confounding information typically surrounding these corporate events. We find IPO gross spreads of 7% -- similar to the spreads in more complex IPO firms, and thus consistent with illogically sticky spreads. We find acquirer announcement returns roughly triple that of typical acquisitions. Since these returns reflect primarily the valuation split between acquirer and target, they suggest that some reduction in value of typical acquisitions stems from overestimating synergies or the revelation of new information regarding the bidder.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: IPOs, Acquisitions, SPACs

JEL Classification: G24, G34

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Date posted: July 12, 2012 ; Last revised: October 4, 2015

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Rodrigues, Usha and Stegemoller, Mike, What All-Cash Companies Tell Us About IPOs and Acquisitions (July 25, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2101830 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2101830

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Usha Rodrigues
University of Georgia Law School ( email )
225 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602
United States
706-242-5562 (Phone)

Michael A. Stegemoller (Contact Author)
Baylor University ( email )
P.O. Box 98004
Waco, TX 76798-8004
United States
254-710-4145 (Phone)
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