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Privatization and the Market for Corporate Control

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  • J. Harold Mulherin

    (Claremont McKenna College)

  • Jeffry M. Netter

    (University of Georgia)

  • Michael Stegemoller

    (University of Georgia)

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    We study the wealth effects of the mergers of privatized firms. Our sample entails 39 privatized firms that subsequently become targets of a takeover and 52 privatized firms that become bidders in mergers. Our results indicate that target firms experience a 12 percent increase in equity value at the announcement of a merger. The bidding firms experience a positive but insignificant change in equity value at merger announcement. The results indicate that mergers result in net wealth creation for privatized firms and are consistent with property rights/agency cost theory. The results also offer global, non-U.S. evidence that mergers create wealth.

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    Paper provided by Claremont Colleges in its series Claremont Colleges Working Papers with number 2001-21.

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    Date of creation: May 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:clm:clmeco:2001-21

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