On Secondary Buyouts

59 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2013 Last revised: 9 Oct 2015

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Francois Degeorge

University of Lugano - Faculty of Economics; Swiss Finance Institute; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Jens Martin

University of Amsterdam - Finance Group

Ludovic Phalippou

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Date Written: June 16, 2015


Private equity firms increasingly sell companies to each other in secondary buyouts (SBOs). We examine commonly expressed concerns regarding SBOs using novel and unique datasets. SBOs made by buyers under pressure to spend capital (a minority of transactions) underperform and destroy value for investors, who then reduce their capital allocation to private equity firms doing those transactions. Other SBOs perform as well as other buyouts, and investors do not penalize firms doing those. When the buyer and seller have complementary skill sets, SBOs generate significantly higher returns and outperform other buyouts. Investors do not pay higher total transaction costs as a result of SBOs, even if they have a stake in both the buying fund and the selling fund. Overall, our evidence paints a nuanced picture of SBOs.

Keywords: Private equity, buyouts, performance, secondary buyouts

JEL Classification: G23, G24

Suggested Citation

Degeorge, Francois and Martin, Jens and Phalippou, Ludovic, On Secondary Buyouts (June 16, 2015). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming, ECGI - Finance Working Paper No. 384, Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 13-48, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2329202 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2329202

Francois Degeorge

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Jens Martin

University of Amsterdam - Finance Group ( email )

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Ludovic Phalippou (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

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