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Dressed to merge — small fits fine: M&A success in the fashion and accessories industry

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  • Meinshausen, Steffen
  • Schiereck, Dirk

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In this paper we examine the value implications of 192 M&A transactions in the fashion and leather accessories industry during the period from 1994 to 2009. Contrary to general cross-country evidence we find highly significant, positive abnormal returns to acquiring shareholders. Cross-sectional analysis further reveals that the key value drivers are diversifying fashion M&A transactions for smaller, profitable companies that reduce idiosyncratic risk whereas deals executed by large companies that act as frequent acquirers do not, on average, significantly enhance shareholder wealth.

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  • Meinshausen, Steffen & Schiereck, Dirk, 2011. "Dressed to merge — small fits fine: M&A success in the fashion and accessories industry," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 20(5), pages 283-291.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finana:v:20:y:2011:i:5:p:283-291
    DOI: 10.1016/j.irfa.2011.06.007
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    Keywords

    Mergers & acquisitions; Fashion and accessories industry; Bidder gains; Idiosyncratic risk; Frequent acquirer;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • L67 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Other Consumer Nondurables: Clothing, Textiles, Shoes, and Leather Goods; Household Goods; Sports Equipment

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