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Does market misvaluation drive post-acquisition underperformance in stock deals?

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  • Lin, Hsuan-Chu
  • Chou, Ting-Kai
  • Cheng, Jia-Chi

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There is limited direct evidence on the impact of market misvaluation on acquirer long run performance. In this paper, we hypothesize that stock prices of stock-financed acquirers would move toward their fundamental value in the long run, thus correcting the initial overvaluation. Empirical results show that more overvalued acquirers are associated with poorer post-acquisition abnormal returns. We eliminate the concern that our findings are due to either overpayment or overvaluation-driven bad acquisitions. Our results are robust to controlling for market-wide valuation, alternative methods and assumptions used to calculate abnormal returns and fundamental value, and other factors affecting acquirer returns.

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  • Lin, Hsuan-Chu & Chou, Ting-Kai & Cheng, Jia-Chi, 2011. "Does market misvaluation drive post-acquisition underperformance in stock deals?," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 20(4), pages 690-706, October.
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