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Acquisition finance and market timing

Vermaelen, Theo and Xu, Moqi (2014) Acquisition finance and market timing. Journal of Corporate Finance, 25. pp. 73-91. ISSN 0929-1199

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2013.11.004


Bidders have an incentive to pay with stock when their shares are overvalued, but target firms should be reluctant to accept such overvalued payment. In a sample of 2978 acquisitions, we find that stock payment is readily accepted only when the bidder can justify the financing decision in terms of such economic fundamentals as optimal capital structure. Yet even when the fundamentals justify stock payment, paying with cash is common. In that way, firms can preclude paying with undervalued stock and are more likely to experience positive long-term excess returns.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Finance
Financial Markets Group
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
JEL classification: G - Financial Economics > G0 - General
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 09:46
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 03:46

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