Predictability of Industry Returns After M&A Announcements
32 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2006 Last revised: 5 Mar 2010
Date Written: February 2006
This paper documents a strong and prevalent drift in long-term industry returns after M&A announcements. Specifically, industries that experience positive average announcement reactions continue to do well in the future, while industries that experience negative average announcement reactions continue to do poorly. Industry M&A investment strategies, which buy positively reacting industries and sell negatively reacting industries, appear profitable even after controlling for size and book-to-market effects in returns. Profitability has strengthened over time and seems to exist also for the largest stocks. The evidence suggests that capital markets underreact to the industry-wide information provided by merger announcements.
Keywords: Asset pricing, mergers & acquisitions, industry returns
JEL Classification: G12, G34
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