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The Choice of IPO versus Takeover: Empirical Evidence


  • James C. Brau

    (Brigham Young University)

  • Bill Francis

    (University of South Florida)

  • Ninon Kohers

    (University of South Florida)


We examine factors that influence the choice between an initial public offering (IPO) and a takeover by a public acquirer. Our results show that the industry concentration, high-tech industry affiliation, current cost of debt, relative "hotness" of the IPO market, firm size, and insider ownership percentage are all positively related to the probability of an IPO. In contrast, private companies in high market-to-book industries, financial service sectors, highly leveraged industries, and deals involving greater liquidity for selling insiders show a stronger likelihood for takeovers. Our findings also indicate that a liquidity discount exists in takeovers relative to IPOs.

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  • James C. Brau & Bill Francis & Ninon Kohers, 2003. "The Choice of IPO versus Takeover: Empirical Evidence," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 76(4), pages 583-612, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:76:y:2003:i:4:p:583-612

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