Financial Buyers in Takeovers: Focus on Cost Efficiency
Milken Institute Working Paper No. 02-01
23 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2002
Date Written: August 2002
This paper examines whether financial buyers are more likely to initiate takeovers of inefficient firms. We show that they indeed are and thus conclude that takeovers by financial buyers play a potentially beneficial role in the allocation of corporate assets in the U.S. economy. Our analysis of determinants of takeovers initiated by financial buyers uses an application of the methodology developed in Trimbath, Frydman and Frydman (2001). In order to illustrate efficiency enhancements introduced by financial buyers, we select Forstmann and Little's acquisition of General Instrument for a brief case study. We show that their aggressive programs of cost management substantially improved the efficiency of General Instrument. Moreover, it allowed General Instrument to expand research and development to become the global leader in high definition television.
Keywords: Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions
JEL Classification: G24, G31, G34, C20
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