Motives for partial acquisitions between firms in the spanish stock market
The paper analyses the motivations for inter-company investment on the Spanish Stock Market through the study of a sample of significant acquisitions reported to the CNMV (the Spanish Securities and Exchange Commission) by quoted firms. By analysing the sign of the cumulative abnormal returns (CAR) and of the correlations among the gains produced by the operation, an attempt is made to find out which motives predominate of the three most important ones suggested by the literature for takeovers: synergy, agency and hubris. Empirical evidence is presented that in the Spanish Stock Market the main motive for acquiring a holding is similar to synergy, especially in partial acquisitions with positive total gains. However, in the samples with negative total gains a main motive similar to hubris always appears. The analysis takes into account the size of the investment and distinguishes between the first report and subsequent ones. Results are similar to those obtained by other authors for takeovers in the US Stock Market, except that in this sample, agency motives do not appear clearly.
Volume (Year): 9 (2003)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
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