Comparing CEO Compensation Effects of Public and Private Acquisitions

34 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2021

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James A. Brander

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

Edward J. Egan

Independent

Sophie Endl

University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Students

Date Written: January 15, 2021

Abstract

We estimate the effect of acquisition performance and acquisition activity on CEO compensation for the full set of CEOs of large public U.S. corporations in the Execucomp database over the period 1992-2016. Most previous work has focused on publicly traded acquisition targets. We focus on the comparison between public and private targets, showing significant differences between the two. One primary finding, based on panel data regressions (both fixed and random effects) is that the performance of private acquisitions, as measured by abnormal announcement returns, has a statistically significant positive effect of plausible economic magnitude on CEO compensation. Public acquisitions exhibit a smaller positive effect that is statistically insignificant. For both, acquisition activity (number of acquisitions) has a statistically significant effect on compensation. Furthermore, compensation is more sensitive to acquisition activity than to performance. Our results suggest that agency considerations are important for both public and private acquisitions but are more important for public acquisitions.

Keywords: Acquisitions, Executive Compensation, CEO Incentives

JEL Classification: G34, M12

Suggested Citation

Brander, James A. and Egan, Edward and Endl, Sophie, Comparing CEO Compensation Effects of Public and Private Acquisitions (January 15, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3766568 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3766568

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Edward Egan

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Sophie Endl

University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Students

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