Title

Two step acquisitions and liquidity spread

Department/School

Finance

Date of this version

2013

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Tender-merger, Mergers and Acquisitions, Liquidity, Bargaining Power, Synergy

Abstract

We hypothesize that macro-level liquidity affects the choice between tender-mergers and mergers. We employ a novel methodology to test this relationship. This method finds structural breaks in the number of tender-mergers relative to mergers and finds that the structural breaks coincide strikingly well with major changes in macro-level liquidity. Consistent with our hypotheses our regression analysis finds that the number of tender offers increases with liquidity and also that the acquirer’s share of synergy increases as tender-mergers increase.

Published in

Journal of Economics and Finance.