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Measuring the Economic Gains of Mergers and Acquisitions: Is it Time for a Change?

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  • Antoniou, Antonios

    (FRT-C Consulting)

  • Arbour, Philippe

    () (Lloyds Bank Acquisition Finance)

  • Zhao, Huainan

    () (Nottingham Business School)

Abstract

In this paper we review the methods of measuring the economic gains of mergers and acquisitions (M&A). We show that the widely employed event study methodology, whether for short or long event windows, has failed to provide meaningful insight and usable lessons regarding the central question of whether mergers and acquisitions create value. We believe the right way to assess the success and therefore the desirability of M&A is through a thorough analysis of company fundamentals. This will require examining smaller samples of transactions with similar characteristics.

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  • Antoniou, Antonios & Arbour, Philippe & Zhao, Huainan, 2011. "Measuring the Economic Gains of Mergers and Acquisitions: Is it Time for a Change?," Journal of Financial Transformation, Capco Institute, vol. 32, pages 159-168.
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    1. Thenmozhi, M. & Narayanan, P.C., 2016. "Rule of law or country level corporate governance: What matters more in emerging market acquisitions?," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 448-463.

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    Keywords

    Mergers & Acquisitions; Takeovers; Wealth Effect; Value Creation; Event Study; Fundamental Analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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