Poison Pills, Optimal Contracting and the Market for Corporate Control: Evidence from Fortune 500 Firms
The rationale for issuing poison pill securities remains unclear, despite the findings of a large body of prior research that these defenses adversely affect shareholder wealth. This paper investigates the hypothesis that the adoption of such defenses may reflect shareholders' desire to contract efficiently with their managers in an environment characterized by hostile takeovers and uncertainty about the managers' true performance. Unlike previous research, we focus on financial characteristics of firms as they relate to the motives for adopting such defenses. Our empirical research does not support the optimal contacting hypothesis. We interpret our results as supportive of the managerial entrenchment hypothesis.
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|Publication status:||published, International Journal of Finance, 1998, 10:3, 1120-1138.|
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