Stock Price Performances of Target Firms in Unsuccessful Acquisitions
36 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2005
Date Written: July 2006
This paper examines the stock price returns of 459 targets in unsuccessful M&A deals from 1990 to 2001. An information hypothesis that includes new information arrived after the M&A proposal explains better than the synergy hypothesis the evidence for failed acquisitions. The average abnormal return announcement to termination is a negative 10.61%. Abnormal returns vary according to the identity of the party who terminates the deal. When the target firm rejects a deal, the target stock price drops by 4.33%. The loss is 14.49% when the bidder terminates the deal. In the long-run, abnormal returns are generally insignificant.
Keywords: M&A, unsuccessful acquisitions, failed mergers, target firm, event study
JEL Classification: G34
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