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The impact of mispricing and growth on UK M&As


  • Jerry Coakley
  • Heba Gazzaz
  • Hardy Thomas


This paper investigates the impact of mispricing and growth on salient aspects of 434 UK merger and acquisition (M&A) deals over the 1990–2009 period. Mispricing is proxied by both the 26-week high price and misvaluation given by the deviation of target price from its estimated fundamental value. One or both of these variables has a significantly pervasive influence on all aspects of M&As studied. The target 26-week high price, misvaluation and growth all have a significant effect on both the offer premium and whether bidders pay with cash or stock for the full sample. The 26-week high price is the main driver for the overvalued (price exceeds value) target sub-sample and growth prospects for the undervalued target sub-sample. Short run abnormal returns around the announcement are driven by misvaluation only while offers in excess of the 26-week high and of fundamental value increase the probability of deal success.

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  • Jerry Coakley & Heba Gazzaz & Hardy Thomas, 2017. "The impact of mispricing and growth on UK M&As," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(13), pages 1219-1237, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjfi:v:23:y:2017:i:13:p:1219-1237
    DOI: 10.1080/1351847X.2016.1206585

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