Sources of shareholders' wealth gains from asset sales
This paper uses an event study approach to examine the performance improvements accruing to those UK firms making assets sales in a single divestiture. It is found that a divestiture announcement leads to an increase in shareholders' wealth of between 0.81% and 1.04% depending on the expected return model employed. The source of the wealth gain can be attributed to the relaxing of credit constraints achieved by reducing the level of debt.
Volume (Year): 15 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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