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Corporate Control and the Choice of Investment Financing: The Case of Corporate Acquisitions

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  • Amihud, Yakov
  • Lev, Baruch
  • Travlos, Nickolaos G

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The authors test the proposition that corporate control considerations motivate the means of investment financing-cash (and debt) or stock. Corporate insiders who value control will prefer financing investments by cash or debt rather than by issuing new stock, which dilutes their holdings and increases the risk of losing control. Their empirical results support this hypothesis: in corporate acquisitions, the larger the managerial ownership fraction of the acquiring firm the more likely the use of cash financing. Also, the previously observed negative bidders' abnormal returns associated with stock financing are mainly in acquisitions made by firms with low managerial ownership. Copyright 1990 by American Finance Association.

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  • Amihud, Yakov & Lev, Baruch & Travlos, Nickolaos G, 1990. " Corporate Control and the Choice of Investment Financing: The Case of Corporate Acquisitions," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 45(2), pages 603-616, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:45:y:1990:i:2:p:603-16
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