What's in it for Me? Personal Benefits Obtained by CEOS Whose Firms are Acquired

32 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2000  

Jay C. Hartzell

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance

Eli Ofek

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance

David Yermack

New York University (NYU) - Stern School of Business

Date Written: June 2000

Abstract

We study benefits received by target company CEOs in completed mergers and acquisitions. These executives obtain wealth increases with a median of $4 to $5 million and a mean of $8 to $11 million, roughly in line with the permanent income streams that they sacrifice. CEOs receive lower financial gains from those transactions in which they become executives of the buyer, suggesting that tradeoffs exist between the financial and career-related benefits they extract. Regression estimates suggest that target shareholders receive lower acquisition premia in transactions that involve extraordinary personal treatment of the CEO.

Keywords: Takeovers, acquisitions

JEL Classification: G34, J44

Suggested Citation

Hartzell, Jay C. and Ofek, Eli and Yermack, David, What's in it for Me? Personal Benefits Obtained by CEOS Whose Firms are Acquired (June 2000). Presented at Tuck-JFE Contemporary Corporate Governance Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=236094 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.236094

Jay C. Hartzell (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance ( email )

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Eli Ofek

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance ( email )

Stern School of Business
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David Yermack

New York University (NYU) - Stern School of Business ( email )

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United States
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