Can Analysts Analyze Mergers?

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Hassan Tehranian

Boston College - Department of Finance

Mengxin Zhao

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Julie Zhu

Fanhai International School of Finance(FISF), Fudan University

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Date Written: April 2014

Abstract

After the completion of an M&A transaction, the target firm is delisted but some analysts who covered it retain coverage of the merged firm. We hypothesize that this decision is based on two factors — the analyst’s ability to cover the merged firm and his or her assessment of the M&A deal. Consistent with these hypotheses, we find that the remaining target analysts provide more accurate earnings forecasts and more optimistic stock recommendations and growth forecasts for the merged firms than the remaining acquirer analysts do. We also find that a higher percentage of target analysts choosing to cover the merged firm is associated with better operating and long-run stock performance of that firm, but do not find this relation with acquirer analysts. Our results extend the literature by showing that target analysts’ coverage decisions reveal valuable information about a merged firm’s future performance.

Keywords: Mergers and acquisitions, analyst coverage, investment bank, forecast accuracy, stock performance

JEL Classification: G24, G29, G34

Suggested Citation

Tehranian, Hassan and Zhao, Mengxin and Zhu, Julie, Can Analysts Analyze Mergers? (April 2014). Management Science, Volume 60, Number 4, April 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3049230

Hassan Tehranian

Boston College - Department of Finance ( email )

Carroll School of Management
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Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3808
United States
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Mengxin Zhao

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ( email )

450 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20549-1105
United States

Julie Zhu (Contact Author)

Fanhai International School of Finance(FISF), Fudan University ( email )

220 Handan Road
Shanghai, 200433
China

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