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Direct Evidence On The Market-Driven Acquisition Theory

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  • James S. Ang
  • Yingmei Cheng

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We provide direct empirical evidence that share overvaluation is an important motive for firms to make stock acquisitions. We find that more overvalued firms are more likely to acquire with stock, and acquirers are more overvalued in successful stock mergers than in withdrawn mergers. Acquirers' overvaluation, on average, exceeds the targets' premium-adjusted overvaluation. Shareholders of stock acquirers, whose overvaluation is greater than their targets' premium-adjusted overvaluation, realize sustained wealth gains from one day before the merger announcement up to three years after the merger completion, as compared with a matching sample of similarly overvalued but nonacquiring firms. 2006 The Southern Finance Association and the Southwestern Finance Association.

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  • James S. Ang & Yingmei Cheng, 2006. "Direct Evidence On The Market-Driven Acquisition Theory," Journal of Financial Research, Southern Finance Association;Southwestern Finance Association, vol. 29(2), pages 199-216.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfnres:v:29:y:2006:i:2:p:199-216
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    1. Zhiwu Chen & Jan Jindra, 2001. "A Valuation Study of Stock-Market Seasonality and Firm Size," Yale School of Management Working Papers ysm199, Yale School of Management.
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