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Do managers make takeover financing decisions that circumvent more effective outside blockholders?

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  • Harris, Oneil
  • Madura, Jeff
  • Glegg, Charmaine

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Consistent with agency theory, we find that bidder managers make takeover financing decisions in ways that circumvent more effective monitors. Bidder managers are more likely to use cash rather than stock when targets have aggressive outside blockholders. We also find that the likelihood of a cash offer decreases when aggressive outside bidder block ownership is relatively low. However, the likelihood of a cash offer increases when aggressive outside bidder blockholding is in the intermediate range, a range of ownership where their continued influence over managerial decisions is threatened by a stock offer. Furthermore, we find that bidder management tends to use cash when its outside bidder blockholders are less aggressive. Overall, our findings indicate that managerial decisions on financing takeovers are motivated to prevent aggressive outside blockholders from gaining more control.

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  • Harris, Oneil & Madura, Jeff & Glegg, Charmaine, 2010. "Do managers make takeover financing decisions that circumvent more effective outside blockholders?," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 50(2), pages 180-190, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:quaeco:v:50:y:2010:i:2:p:180-190
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