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Stock Market Driven Acquisitions

Andrei Shleifer, Robert W. Vishny

NBER Working Paper No. 8439
Issued in August 2001
NBER Program(s):AP, CF

We present a model of mergers and acquisitions based on stock market misvaluations of the combining firms. The key ingredients of the model are the relative valuations of the merging firms, the horizons of their respective managers, and the market's perception of the synergies from the combination. The model explains who acquirers whom, whether the medium of payment is cash or stock, what are the valuation consequences of mergers, and why there are merger waves. The model is consistent with available empirical findings about characteristics and returns of merging firms, and yields new predictions as well.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w8439

Published: Shleifer, Andrei & Vishny, Robert W., 2003. "Stock market driven acquisitions," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(3), pages 295-311, December. citation courtesy of

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