Cash, access to credit, and value creation in M&As
The worldwide availability of easy external financing has been an essential driver of recent M&A activity and a growing perception exists that such conditions may have resulted in a large number of non-value increasing transactions. This paper evaluates the interaction between credit conditions, the method of payment and value creation in a sample of European M&A transactions. The contribution of the paper is twofold. First, we analyze to what extent more generous financing conditions lead to deals that were less-likely to be value creating. Second, we estimate a joint model on the likelihood of choosing cash as a method of payment and the amount of value-created by such deals, controlling for the impact of financial conditions. We find that lower corporate bond spreads are correlated with less value creation in M&A deals suggesting that easy financial conditions may have resulted in M&A deals less-likely to generate value. We also find that higher leverage and a better cash-flow position of the target are more likely to result in cash deals and these deals provide higher excess returns to targets although do not generate value for the deal.
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