What All-Cash Companies Tell Us About IPOs and Acquisitions
University of Georgia Law School
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
Date posted: July 12, 2012 ; Last revised: October 4, 2015