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Modelling Takeover Likelihood

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  • Ronan G. Powell

    (Lecturer in Accounting, School of Management the Queen's University of Belfast, N. Ireland, UK)

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This paper employs a multinomial logit model in an attempt to better understand the motives behind takeovers. The results from the multinomial logit models show that the characteristics of hostile and friendly targets differ significantly and that these differences also vary depending on the time period under investigation. The results give some support to the disciplining role of the hostile takeover. Furthermore, conclusions based on a simple binomial logit model are likely to be misleading and result in incorrect inferences regarding the characteristics of firms subject to takeover. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd 1997.

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  • Ronan G. Powell, 1997. "Modelling Takeover Likelihood," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 24(7&8), pages 1009-1030.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jbfnac:v:24:y:1997-09:i:7&8:p:1009-1030
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    1. Clifford G. Holderness & Dennis P. Sheehan, 1998. "Constraints on Large-Block Shareholders," NBER Working Papers 6765, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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