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Conference calls around merger and acquisition announcements: Do they reduce information asymmetry? UK Evidence

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  • Siougle, Georgia
  • Spyrou, Spyros I.
  • Tsekrekos, Andrianos E.

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This paper examines conference call meetings held around merger and acquisition (M&A) announcements in the UK market. Our main findings indicate that conference calls not only facilitate the smoother transmission of M&A-related information in the stock market and smooth the rate of the information flow to the market, but also they reduce informed trading through option markets before M&A events. We also find that there is an inverse relation of analysts’ forecast error and conference call probability, that firms initiate conference calls during M&As when their transactions are large and are facing liquidity constraints, and that the probability of a firm holding a conference call around an M&A is strongly and inversely related to the existence of traded equity options on its stock.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research in International Business and Finance.

Volume (Year): 30 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 148-172

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Handle: RePEc:eee:riibaf:v:30:y:2014:i:c:p:148-172

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Keywords: Mergers and acquisitions; Conference calls; Asymmetric information; Option markets; Corporate governance;

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