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Rearranging Residual Claims: A Case for Targeted Stock


  • Dennis E. Logue
  • James K. Seward
  • James P. Walsh


This paper describes and analyzes a relatively new method of equity-based restructuring, Targeted Stock. We examine announcement period share price reactions for completed, pending , and canceled offerings. Although the total number of completed transactions to date is small, we document a positive share price reaction on average for this form of equity reorganization, likely due to the greater transparency of particular business segments of a broadly diversified firm and to the increased ability to reward division managers for their specific contributions. We also compare and contrast Targeted Stock with alternative equity reorganization forms. Targeted Stock is most useful for firms in which the benefits of integration and control over corporate operating and financing activities outweigh the benefits of a complete or partial separation of the targeted business unit(s).

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  • Dennis E. Logue & James K. Seward & James P. Walsh, 1996. "Rearranging Residual Claims: A Case for Targeted Stock," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 25(1), Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:logue96

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    1. Wei He & Tarun Mukherjee & Peihwang Wei, 2009. "Agency problems in tracking stock and minority carve-out decisions: Explaining the discrepancy in short- and long-term performances," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 33(1), pages 27-42, January.
    2. Chemmanur, Thomas J. & Liu, Mark H., 2011. "Institutional trading, information production, and the choice between spin-offs, carve-outs, and tracking stock issues," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 62-82, February.
    3. Anna N. Danielova, 2008. "Tracking Stock or Spin‐Off? Determinants of Choice," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 37(1), pages 125-139, March.
    4. John Elder & Peter Westra, 2000. "The reaction of security prices to tracking stock announcements," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 24(1), pages 36-55, March.
    5. Billett, Matthew T. & Mauer, David C., 2000. "Diversification and the value of internal capital markets: The case of tracking stock," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 24(9), pages 1457-1490, September.

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