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Acquisition Decisions of Zero-Leverage Firms

26 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2014  

Chang Suk Bae

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) - College of Business

Hae Jin Chung

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) - College of Business

Date Written: September 1, 2014

Abstract

We provide evidence on whether zero-leverage firms make unique acquisition decisions in line with their unique leverage policies. We show that zero-leverage firms are more likely to acquire targets with low or zero leverage than they are to acquire other targets in order to maintain zero leverage and that they are more likely to use cash than equity in their offers. Although managers of zero-leverage firms have high levels of discretion, they are not likely to pursue value-destroying acquisitions. Overall, these findings shed light on the interlinked capital structure and investment decisions of zero-leverage firms.

Keywords: Zero leverage; mergers and acquisitions; target capital structure; method of payment; acquirer returns

JEL Classification: G30, G31, G34

Suggested Citation

Bae, Chang Suk and Chung, Hae Jin, Acquisition Decisions of Zero-Leverage Firms (September 1, 2014). KAIST College of Business Working Paper Series No. 2014-009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2500073 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2500073

Chang Suk Bae

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) - College of Business ( email )

85 Hoegiro, Dongdaemoon-gu
Seoul, 130-722
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Hae Jin Chung (Contact Author)

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) - College of Business ( email )

85 Hoegiro, Dongdaemoon-gu
Seoul, 130-722
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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