Merger-Driven Listing Dynamics
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Research Paper Series, No. 354758
75 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2020 Last revised: 13 Dec 2022
Date Written: December 12, 2022
We challenge the widespread interpretation of the post-1996 U.S. listing decline as evidence of lower net listing benefits. Our accounting for targets of public acquirers, who enjoy listing benefits under their parents' ownership, eliminates the post-1996 listing decline as well as U.S. listing-gap estimates. Moreover, after discovering that four-fifths of countries experience listing peaks followed by a `U.S.-style' decline, we find that the merger-channel plays a much weaker role internationally than in the U.S. This points to a unique ability of U.S. markets to attract and retain firms under public ownership.
Keywords: M&A, merger, public listing, listing peak, listing gap
JEL Classification: G15, G34
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