Do Managerial Objectives Drive Bad Acquisitions?
Journal of Finance. 45(1) 31-48, March 1990
Posted: 8 Jun 2013
Date Written: March 7, 1989
In a sample of 326 US acquisitions between 1975 and 1987, three types of acquisitions have systematically lower and predominantly negative announcement period returns to bidding firms. The returns to bidding shareholders are lower when their firm diversifies, when it buys a rapidly growing target, and when its managers performed poorly before the acquisition. These results suggest that managerial objectives may drive acquisitions that reduce bidding firms' values.
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