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Sources of shareholders' wealth gains from asset sales

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  • Abdul Magid Gadad
  • Hardy Thomas
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    This paper uses an event study approach to examine the performance improvements accruing to those UK firms making assets sales in a single divestiture. It is found that a divestiture announcement leads to an increase in shareholders' wealth of between 0.81% and 1.04% depending on the expected return model employed. The source of the wealth gain can be attributed to the relaxing of credit constraints achieved by reducing the level of debt.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Financial Economics.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 137-141

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:15:y:2005:i:2:p:137-141

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    1. Afshar, K. A. & Taffler, R. J. & Sudarsanam, P. S., 1992. "The effect of corporate divestments on shareholder wealth: The UK experience," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 115-135, February.
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    Cited by:
    1. Enrico Tanuwidjaja, 2006. "Multi Factor SUR in Event Study Analysis: Evidence from M&A in Singapore’s Financial Industry," SCAPE Policy Research Working Paper Series 0607, National University of Singapore, Department of Economics, SCAPE.
    2. Enrico Tanuwidjaja, 2006. "Multi Factor SUR in Event Study Analysis : Evidence from M&A in Singapore’s Financial Industry," Finance Working Papers 22577, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    3. Enrico Tanuwidjaja, 2007. "Multi-factor SUR in event study analysis: evidence from M&A in Singapore's financial industry," Applied Financial Economics Letters, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 3(1), pages 55-62, January.

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