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The Financial and Operating Performance of Newly Privatized Firms: An International Empirical Analysis

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  • Megginson, William L
  • Nash, Robert C
  • van Randenborgh, Matthias

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This study compares the pre- and postprivatization financial and operating performance of sixty-one companies from eighteen countries and thirty-two industries that experience full or partial privatization through public share offerings during the period 1961 to 1990. The authors' results document strong performance improvements, achieved surprisingly without sacrificing employment security. Specifically, after being privatized, firms increase real sales, become more profitable, increase their capital investment spending, improve their operating efficiency, and increase their work forces. Furthermore, these companies significantly lower their debt levels and increase dividend payout. Finally, the authors document significant changes in the size and composition of corporate boards of directors after privatization. Copyright 1994 by American Finance Association.

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  • Megginson, William L & Nash, Robert C & van Randenborgh, Matthias, 1994. " The Financial and Operating Performance of Newly Privatized Firms: An International Empirical Analysis," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 49(2), pages 403-452, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:49:y:1994:i:2:p:403-52
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