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Buying to Sell: A Theory of Buyouts

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  • Norbäck, Pehr-Johan

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    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

  • Persson, Lars

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    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

  • Tåg, Joacim

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    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

Abstract

Private equity owned firms have more leverage, more intense compensation contracts, and higher productivity than comparable firms. We develop a theory of buyouts in oligopolistic markets that explains these facts. Private equity firms are more aggressive in inducing restructuring compared to incumbents since they maximize a trade sale price. The equilibrium trade sale price increases in restructuring not only by increasing the profit of the acquirer, but also by decreasing the profits of non-acquiring firms. Predictions on the exit mode and on when private equity firms can outbid incumbents in the market for corporate control are also derived.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 817.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 02 Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0817

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Keywords: Acquisitions; Buyouts; Buy-to-sell; Buy-to-keep; Leveraged buyouts; Private equity; Take-overs; Temporary ownership;

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  1. Tåg, Joacim, 2010. "The Real Effects of Private Equity Buyouts," Working Paper Series, Research Institute of Industrial Economics 851, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.

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