Do Shareholders of Acquiring Firms Gain from Acquisitions?

39 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2003 Last revised: 31 Oct 2010

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Sara B. Moeller

University of Pittsburgh - Finance Group

Frederik P. Schlingemann

University of Pittsburgh - Finance Group; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

René M. Stulz

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Date Written: March 2003

Abstract

We examine a sample of 12,023 acquisitions by public firms from 1980 to 2001. Shareholders of these firms lost a total of $218 billion when acquisitions were announced. Though shareholders lose throughout our sample period, losses associated with acquisition announcements after 1997 are dramatic. Small firms gain from acquisitions, so that shareholders of small firms gained $8 billion when acquisitions were announced and shareholders of large firms lost $226 billion. We examine the cross-sectional variation in the announcement returns of acquisitions. Small firm shareholders earn systematically more when acquisitions are announced. This size effect is typically more important than how an acquisition is financed and than the organizational form of the assets acquired. The only acquisitions that have positive aggregate gains are acquisitions of subsidiaries.

Suggested Citation

Moeller, Sara B. and Schlingemann, Frederik Paul and Stulz, Rene M., Do Shareholders of Acquiring Firms Gain from Acquisitions? (March 2003). NBER Working Paper No. w9523, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=385023

Sara B. Moeller

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