Valuing the Process of Corporate Restructuring

43 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2001

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Audra L. Boone

Texas Christian University - M.J. Neeley School of Business

J. Harold Mulherin

University of Georgia - Department of Banking and Finance

Date Written: May 2001

Abstract

We study the process of corporate restructuring for a sample of 298 firms during the 1989-98 period that announce that they are considering restructuring alternatives. We find that restructuring is a lengthy process, with the majority of the restructuring period occurring prior to any definitive proposals for corporate change. Only 70 percent of the firms that initially propose restructuring later make a definitive proposal to sell either all or part of the firm, with other firms taking themselves out of play or declaring bankruptcy. Hence, the market reaction to the initial restructuring announcement underestimates the full wealth effects of completed restructurings. The estimate of the full value of restructuring across the sample firms averages 7.5 percent, with the greatest gains of 30 percent accruing to firms that are acquired. The average gain for the full restructuring period for firms divesting a unit is 5 percent, which is roughly double that estimated for the initial announcement in prior studies of corporate divestitures.

Keywords: Event studies, valuation, mergers, divestitures

JEL Classification: G34

Suggested Citation

Boone, Audra and Mulherin, J. Harold, Valuing the Process of Corporate Restructuring (May 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=271963 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.271963

Audra Boone (Contact Author)

Texas Christian University - M.J. Neeley School of Business ( email )

Fort Worth, TX 76129
United States

J. Harold Mulherin

University of Georgia - Department of Banking and Finance ( email )

Terry College of Business
Athens, GA 30602-6253
United States
706-542-3644 (Phone)

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