Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Performance of European Acquisitions

Rao Nicholson, Rekha and Salaber, Julie 2014. Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Performance of European Acquisitions. in: Temouri, Yama and Jones, Chris (ed.) International Business and Institutions after the Financial Crisis Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 73-92

Chapter titleImpact of the Financial Crisis on the Performance of European Acquisitions
AuthorsRao Nicholson, Rekha and Salaber, Julie
EditorsTemouri, Yama and Jones, Chris
Abstract

This study looks at the impact of the recent financial crisis on the short-term performance of European acquisitions. We use institutional theory and transaction cost economic theory to study whether bidders derive lower or higher returns from acquisitions announced after 2008. We investigate shareholders’ stock price reaction to 2245 deals which occurred during 2004–12 across 22 European Union countries. Our results from both univariate and multivariate analysis show that the deals announced in the post-crisis period, corresponding to the period of economic recession, generate higher returns to shareholders as compared to acquisitions announced in the pre-crisis period. We also test the relevance of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), that is, the Eurozone, to this value accrual during the recessionary period. We observe that non-EMU transactions obtain significantly higher gains vis-à-vis EMU transactions in the post-crisis years. Overall, announcement returns of European acquisitions have been affected by the financial crisis and the global recession; and companies that target countries with different currency regimes are likely to generate better returns from their acquisitions.

KeywordsFinancial crisis, European Union, Acquisitions, Short-term performance, Eurozone
Book titleInternational Business and Institutions after the Financial Crisis
Page range73-92
Year2014
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
FileRaoNicholson-Salaber_Chapter 2014 open.pdf
Publication dates
Published26 Mar 2014
ISBN9781137367198
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1057/9781137367204.0012

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