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Chinese Overseas M&A Performance and the Go Global Policy

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It is well-known that government plays an important role in the business activities of Chinese firms. Less certain is the effect this influence has on the wealth of those firms’ shareholders. We contribute to the literature by analyzing stock market reactions to announcements by Chinese firms of overseas mergers and acquisitions (OMAs). OMAs are of particular interest because there can exist a conflict between the interests of the public sector in acquiring overseas assets, and the interests of the private sector in maximizing shareholder wealth. Our main data set consists of 213 observations of 157 OMA events that occurred between 1994-2009, using share market returns from the Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and U.S. markets. The aggregation of share price data across multiple markets, and the listing of firms in multiple exchanges, raise econometric issues for the standard event-study methodology. To address these, we use a new, feasible generalized least squares (GLS) procedure developed by Gu (2011). Based upon an analysis using both aggregated and disaggregated samples, and of daily and cumulative abnormal returns, we find consistent evidence that (i) Chinese OMAs have not lowered the wealth of shareholders of Chinese acquiring firms, and (ii) shareholders of Chinese acquiring firms have not fared worse under Go Global than before Go Global.

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Paper provided by University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 11/37.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 09 Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:cbt:econwp:11/37

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Keywords: Overseas Mergers and Acquisitions; Event study; Go Global;

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