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What all-cash companies tell us about IPOs and acquisitions

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  • Rodrigues, Usha
  • Stegemoller, Mike

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We examine the IPOs of and acquisitions made by special purpose acquisition corporations (SPACs). This unique sample provides a perspective on these two corporate events unencumbered by much of the typical confounding information. We find the IPO gross spreads of these simple firms similar to the spreads accompanying the IPOs of much more complex firms. This result is consistent with illogically sticky spreads. We find acquirer announcement returns roughly triple that of typical acquisitions. Since these returns disproportionately reflect the valuation split between acquirer and target, they suggest that the lower returns of typical acquisitions stem from overestimating synergies and/or new information regarding the bidder.

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  • Rodrigues, Usha & Stegemoller, Mike, 2014. "What all-cash companies tell us about IPOs and acquisitions," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 111-121.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:corfin:v:29:y:2014:i:c:p:111-121
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2014.07.003
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    1. Kolb, Johannes & Tykvová, Tereza, 2016. "Going public via special purpose acquisition companies: Frogs do not turn into princes," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 80-96.
    2. Romero, Hector & Fajardo, Eddy Johanna, 2015. "Incidencia del desempeño de la acción sobre los eventos de fusiones y adquisiciones en América Latina (2005-2009)
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    4. Dimitrova, Lora, 2017. "Perverse incentives of special purpose acquisition companies, the “poor man's private equity funds”," Journal of Accounting and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(1), pages 99-120.

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    Keywords

    IPOs; Acquisitions; SPACs;

    JEL classification:

    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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