Value of Conglomerates and Capital Market Conditions
This article studies variations in the value of diversification across time under variouscapital market conditions. I find that when external capital is more costly at the aggregatelevel, the value of conglomerates increases relative to focused firms. I also find that thisincrease is greater for financially constrained conglomerates, such as bank-dependent or small conglomerates. My findings support the theories on the advantage of diversification over focus. They suggest that the ability to substitute external capital markets with internalcapital markets creates value for conglomerates when the financing cost in external marketsis high, especially for those conglomerates that are financially constrained.
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Volume (Year): 35 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (Winter)
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