Skill, Syndication, and Performance: Evidence from Leveraged Buyouts
56 Pages Posted: 28 May 2014 Last revised: 11 Aug 2019
Date Written: August 7, 2019
This paper studies why buyout firms syndicate and how this influences buyout performance. I find evidence that skill plays an important role in syndication and its effect on performance. The results suggest low-skill firms utilize syndication to pool skill, resources, and information to overcome firm-specific deficiencies and improve performance, but no such effect exists for high-skill firms. This evidence is robust to potential endogeneity concerns and other alternative explanations. Additionally, this paper is the first to use a robust statistical network methodology studying the formation of syndication networks that allows for a consistent estimation of effects within the network despite the lack of independence among observations.
Keywords: Syndication, Leveraged Buyout, Private Equity, Boundaries of the Firm, Social Networks
JEL Classification: G23, G24, G34
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