How Does an LBO Impact the Target's Industry?

58 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2014 Last revised: 17 Jan 2018

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Jarrad Harford

University of Washington

Jared R. Stanfield

University of Oklahoma; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Feng Zhang

University of Utah - Department of Finance

Date Written: September 13, 2016

Abstract

We document the implications of an LBO for the target firm’s peers in terms of follow-on acquisitions, alliances, investment, and governance changes. LBOs tend to lead overall merger activity, predicting both more LBOs and strategic acquisitions in the industry. LBOs predict significant changes to investment outlays, strategic alliances, and anti-takeover provisions. Tests show that our evidence is most consistent with LBOs causing or signaling private information about optimal changes to the industry rather than LBO sponsors simply selecting into changing industries. Our study sheds light on LBOs’ role in merger activity as well as their motivation.

Keywords: leverage buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, industry peers

JEL Classification: G31, G32, G34

Suggested Citation

Harford, Jarrad and Stanfield, Jared R. and Zhang, Feng, How Does an LBO Impact the Target's Industry? (September 13, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2489300 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2489300

Jarrad Harford

University of Washington ( email )

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Jared R. Stanfield (Contact Author)

University of Oklahoma ( email )

Norman, OK 73019
United States

HOME PAGE: http://jaredstanfield.com

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.firn.org.au

Feng Zhang

University of Utah - Department of Finance ( email )

David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9303
United States

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