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Firm Financial Performance Following Mergers


  • Ramaswamy, K P
  • Waegelein, James F


This study, using a sample of 162 firms and industry-adjusted cash flow returns on market value of assets as performance criteria, examines the financial performance of the combined target and acquiring firms over a 5-year post-merger period in relation to the corresponding pre-merger period. We find that post-merger performance is negatively associated with relative target size and positively associated with long-term incentive compensation plans. Firms that are in dissimilar industries also show improved performance, as do firms that merged prior to 1983. Copyright 2003 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Ramaswamy, K P & Waegelein, James F, 2003. "Firm Financial Performance Following Mergers," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 20(2), pages 115-126, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:rqfnac:v:20:y:2003:i:2:p:115-26

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    1. André Betzer & Markus Doumet & Marc Goergen, 2015. "Disentangling the link between stock and accounting performance in acquisitions," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(9), pages 755-771, July.
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    4. Jeffrey Harrison & Matthew Hart & Derek Oler, 2014. "Leverage and acquisition performance," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 43(3), pages 571-603, October.
    5. Bogan, Vicki & Just, David, 2009. "What drives merger decision making behavior? Don't seek, don't find, and don't change your mind," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 72(3), pages 930-943, December.
    6. Reddy, K. Srinivasa & Nangia, Vinay Kumar & Agrawal, Rajat, 2012. "Corporate mergers and financial performance: A new assessment of Indian cases," MPRA Paper 60425, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2013.
    7. repec:eee:jocaae:v:12:y:2016:i:1:p:1-14 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. Thomas Canace & Steven Mann, 2014. "The impact of technology-motivated M&A and joint ventures on the value of IT and non-IT firms: a new examination," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 43(2), pages 333-366, August.
    9. Kin Lee & Baruch Lev & Gillian Yeo, 2008. "Executive pay dispersion, corporate governance, and firm performance," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 30(3), pages 315-338, April.
    10. Carol Lin & Yu-Chen Wei, 2006. "The Role of Business Ethics in Merger and Acquisition Success: An Empirical Study," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 69(1), pages 95-109, November.

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