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Pre-Acquisition Profile of Privately Held Companies Involved in Take-Overs: An Empirical Study

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  • Jan Camerlynck
  • Hubert Ooghe

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  • Tine Langhe

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This study addresses the pre-acquisition financial characteristics of privately held, rather small acquiring and acquired companies involved in 143 Belgian take-overs between 1992 and 1994. Specifically, the research examines the profitability, liquidity, financial structure, added value and failure risk using statistical analysis of industryadjusted variables. Our findings show that acquisition is not an alternative to bankruptcy since acquired companies do not report high failure risk, but exhibit higher than industry liquidity and solvency. The acquirers achieve a higher growth rate in total assets and sales than the acquired firms but experience a negative industry-adjusted liquidity and are highly levered, suggesting evidence for a growth-resource mismatch within, but a financial fit between acquirers and their targets. Copyright Springer 2005

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Small Business Economics.

Volume (Year): 24 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (03)
Pages: 169-186

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Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:24:y:2005:i:2:p:169-186

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  1. Isachenkova, N. & Weeks, M., 2008. "Acquisition, Insolvency and Managers in UK Small Companies," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 0838, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  2. Dionysios Polemis & Dimitrios Gounopoulos, 2012. "Prediction of distress and identification of potential M&As targets in UK," Managerial Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 38(11), pages 1085-1104, November.
  3. Hubert Ooghe & Elisabeth Laere & Tine Langhe, 2006. "Are Acquisitions Worthwhile? An Empirical Study of the Post-Acquisition Performance of Privately Held Belgian Companies," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 27(2), pages 223-243, October.

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