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Determinants of Growth through Mergers and Acquisitions: Empirical Results from Belgium

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  • Luypaert, Mathieu

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    (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

  • Huyghebaert, Nancy

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    (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

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    This paper empirically investigates the determinants of growth through mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in a typical Continental European country, Belgium. By analyzing firm characteristics, industry and aggregate market variables, we are able to determine what motives are important in the decision to acquire. Our results show that intangible capital and firm size significantly positively affect the M&A decision whereas ownership concentration and bank loans have a negative impact. Furthermore, M&As are significantly more likely in industries where incumbents are operating at a relatively low scale, that are less concentrated, and that were recently deregulated.

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    Paper provided by Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management in its series Working Papers with number 2008/06.

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    Length: 47 pages
    Date of creation: 25 Feb 2008
    Date of revision: 11 Jun 2009
    Publication status: published in Journal of Business Research (2010), vol. 63(4), pp. 392-403
    Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:200806

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    Keywords: mergers and acquisitions; growth; motives; ownership; financing;

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