Market Valuation and Acquisition Quality: Empirical Evidence (Previous Title: The Performance of Stock-Price Driven Acquisitions)
Posted: 27 Sep 2006 Last revised: 15 Jul 2013
Date Written: 2009
Existing research shows that significantly more acquisitions occur when stock markets are booming than when markets are depressed. Rhodes-Kropf and Viswanathan (2004) hypothesize that firm-specific and market-wide (mis-)valuations lead to an excess of mergers, and these will be value-destroying. This paper investigates whether acquisitions occurring during booming markets are fundamentally different from those occurring during depressed markets. We find that acquirers buying during high-valuation markets have significantly higher announcement returns but lower long-run abnormal stock and operating performance than those buying during low-valuation markets. We investigate possible explanations for the long-run underperformance and conclude it is consistent with managerial herding.
Note: Previously titled "The Performance of Stock-Price Driven Acquisitions"
Keywords: Mergers and Acquisitions
JEL Classification: G34, G12, M41
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