Option Premia in Acquisitions

24 Pages Posted: 19 May 2005

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Pablo Moran

University of Calgary - Haskayne School of Business

Sandra Betton

Concordia University, Quebec - Department of Finance


In this paper we develop and test a theoretical framework that models the negotiation and timing processes of corporate acquisitions. The acquisition timing is modelled using real options techniques, and the negotiation process between target and bidder firms is assumed to be a Stackelberg (leader-follower) game with complete information. From the equilibrium strategies, we obtain testable implications for the determinants of the offer premia based on the characteristics of both the bidder and target firms. The three hypotheses related to acquisition premium are tested in a sample of 228 US target firms using an event study methodology and cross sectional regressions. Consistent with the predictions in the model, we find that target volatility and market to book ratios are important determinants of the offer premium. Our finding relating target volatility and target premium is important since this determinant does not emerge in existing models of takeovers.

Keywords: Acquisitions premium, target firms, real options, timing game

JEL Classification: G13, G14, G34

Suggested Citation

Moran, Pablo and Betton, Sandra, Option Premia in Acquisitions. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=724841 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.724841

Pablo Moran (Contact Author)

University of Calgary - Haskayne School of Business ( email )

Calgary, Alberta

Sandra Betton

Concordia University, Quebec - Department of Finance ( email )

Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
514-848-2783 (Phone)
514-848-4500 (Fax)

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