Family Firms and the Stock Market Performance of Acquisitions and Divestitures
40 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2019
Date Written: December 8, 2018
This paper explores the stock market performance of acquisitions and divestitures where both, one, or neither of the companies in the transaction are family firms. We find that acquirer shareholder returns are highest when family firms buy businesses from non-family firm divesters, especially when family CEO acquirers buy businesses from non-family CEO divesters. Additionally, divester shareholder returns are highest when family firms sell businesses to non-family firm acquirers, especially when family CEO divesters sell businesses to non-family CEO acquirers. These findings reveal that it is important to consider the characteristics of both the acquiring and divesting firms when analyzing acquisition and divestiture performance, and that the expected gains to family firm acquisitions and divestitures are driven by transactions in which the counterparties are non-family firms.
Keywords: acquisitions, divestitures, corporate strategy, shareholder returns, family firms
JEL Classification: G30, M21
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