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Takeover Risk and Dividend Strategy: A Study of UK Firms

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  • Dickerson, Andrew P
  • Gibson, Heather D
  • Tsakalotos, Euclid

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The authors investigate the relationship between a company's dividend strategy and its risk of takeover. Their results from a large panel of U.K. quoted companies suggest that higher dividend payments are associated with a significantly lower conditional probability (hazard) of takeover. Moreover, firms that wish to avoid takeover would be better to distribute the marginal L1 of earnings in dividends rather than investing it in the company. The authors consider two explanations for these findings. They suggest that the presence of an active market for corporate control could encourage firms to raise dividends to maintain shareholder loyalty. Copyright 1998 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Industrial Economics.

Volume (Year): 46 (1998)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 281-300

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:46:y:1998:i:3:p:281-300

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  1. Dimara, Efthalia & Tzelepis, Dimitris & Skuras, Dimitris, 2000. "Regional Development Incentives And Firm Survival: A Case Study Of The Greek Food Sector," ERSA conference papers ersa00p209, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Dimara, Efthalia & Skuras, Dimitris & Tsekouras, Kostas & Tzelepis, Dimitris, 2008. "Productive efficiency and firm exit in the food sector," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 185-196, April.
  3. Marco, Alan C. & Rausser, Gordon C., 2002. "Complementarities and spill-overs in mergers: an empirical investigation using patent data," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt93s769k8, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
  4. Andrew P. Dickerson & Heather D. Gibson & Euclid Tsakalotos, 1998. "Takeover Risk and the Market for Corporate Control: The Experience of British Firms in the 1970s and 1980s," Studies in Economics 9803, Department of Economics, University of Kent.
  5. Silviano Esteve-Pérez & Amparo Sanchis-Llopis & Juan Sanchis-Llopis, 2010. "A competing risks analysis of firms’ exit," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 38(2), pages 281-304, April.
  6. Andrew P. Dickerson & Heather D. Gibson & Euclid Tsakalotos, 2003. "Is attack the best form of defence? A competing risks analysis of acquisition activity in the UK," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 27(3), pages 337-357, May.
  7. Hassel, Anke & Beyer, Jürgen, 2001. "The effects of convergence: Internationalisation and the changing distribution of net value added in large German firms," MPIfG Discussion Paper 01/7, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
  8. Andy Cosh & Alan Hughes, 2008. "Takeovers after "Takeovers"," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp363, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
  9. Silviano Esteve-Pérez, 2012. "Consolidation by merger: the UK beer market," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 39(1), pages 207-229, July.
  10. Jad Chaaban & Vincent Réquillart & Audrey Trévisiol, 2005. "The role of technical efficiency in takeovers: Evidence from the French cheese industry, 1985-2000," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(4), pages 545-564.

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