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Journal cover: Review of Accounting and Finance

Review of Accounting and Finance

ISSN: 1475-7702

Online from: 2002

Subject Area: Accounting and Finance

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An analysis of short-run performance of cross-border mergers and acquisitions: Evidence from the UK acquiring firms


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Title:An analysis of short-run performance of cross-border mergers and acquisitions: Evidence from the UK acquiring firms
Author(s):Moshfique Uddin, (School of Accountancy and Financial Services, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK), Agyenim Boateng, (Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China)
Citation:Moshfique Uddin, Agyenim Boateng, (2009) "An analysis of short-run performance of cross-border mergers and acquisitions: Evidence from the UK acquiring firms", Review of Accounting and Finance, Vol. 8 Iss: 4, pp.431 - 453
Keywords:Acquisitions and mergers, Financial performance, International business, Shareholders, United Kingdom
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/14757700911006967 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors would like to thank the journal's referees for providing useful comments on an earlier version of the article.
Abstract:

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to consider the short-run performance of UK firms acquiring foreign target firms over a period of 1994-2003 and to explore the impact of deal size and other firm-specific factors on performance. Cross-border mergers and acquisitions have witnessed a substantial growth worldwide, with the UK being one of the top acquiring nations in the global market for corporate control.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper first uses event study methodology to analyse short-run share price performance. Then a univariate analysis to examine the factors influencing the short-run performance based on a sample of 373 acquisitions over the period of 1994 to 2003.

Findings – The study finds that the UK acquirers do not earn statistically significant positive abnormal returns in the short-run. Univariate analysis shows that short-run performance of UK acquirers is influenced by the form of target, acquisition strategy, geographical origin of target firm and the payment methods. However, the study finds no support for size of acquisition deal as a determinant of performance of acquiring firm.

Originality/value – The paper attempts to shed more light and extend existing research in cross-border mergers and acquisitions by examining short-run performance and factors influencing performance.



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