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Geography and acquirer returns

  • Uysal, Vahap B.
  • Kedia, Simi
  • Panchapagesan, Venkatesh
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    We examine the impact of geographical proximity on the acquisition decisions of US public firms over the period 1990-2003. Transactions where the acquirer and target firms are located within 100 km of each other are classified as local transactions. We find that acquirer returns in local transactions are more than twice that in non-local transactions. The higher return to local acquirer is not explained by related, either horizontal or vertical, industry transactions, and appears to be related to information advantages arising from geographical proximity. These information advantages facilitate acquisition of targets that, on average, create higher overall return. The higher return to local acquirers is preserved by the use of target termination fee contracts.

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    Volume (Year): 17 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 256-275

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