Postacquisition Performance of Acquiring Firms
We investigate whether negative postacquisition stock-price performance of acquiring firms is a genuine phenomenon or a statistical artifact. Using a comprehensive sample of domestic acquisitions in the 1966-1986 period, we show that acquiring firms underperform a control portfolio only during the three years but not five years following the acquisition. There is evidence of negative performance in the second and third postacquisition years, but that performance occurs mainly in the 1960s and 1970s, and disappears in the 1980s. Thus, especially in the later years, the postacquisition years do not provide convincing evidence of wasteful corporate acquisitions, or strong evidence that contradicts market efficiency.
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Volume (Year): 21 (1992)
Issue (Month): 3 (Fall)
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