Acquisition Pricing in India During 1995-2011: Have Indian Acquirers Really Beaten the Odds?
47 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2012 Last revised: 18 Sep 2013
Date Written: July 17, 2013
We examine the announcement returns of acquisitions made by Indian firms during the period 1995 to 2011. Our results confirm that the announcement returns to Indian acquirers are on average significantly positive. However, we are first to document that the announcement returns to Indian acquirers decline over time and become, on average, negative towards the end of our sample period. We analyze several hypotheses for such decline and find that the decline, while robust to a variety of explanations, is related to the intensity of the market for corporate control in India. Finally, the post-acquisition long-run returns for acquirers are, on average, consistently positive, do not change over time, and are unrelated to the initial market reaction to the acquisition announcement.
Keywords: Mergers and acquisitions, India, corporate governance, market for corporate control
JEL Classification: F30, G30, G32, G34, G38
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