The importance of targets and value creation in vertical acquisitions

Ekkayokkaya, Manapol and Paudyal, Krishna (2019) The importance of targets and value creation in vertical acquisitions. International Review of Finance. ISSN 1468-2443

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    Abstract

    We study how value creation in vertical acquisitions varies in the importance of the target’s assets to its acquirer. The synergistic gain increases in the degree of vertical relatedness between the acquirer and target industries. This finding suggests that the importance of the target firm’s assets to its acquirer’s productivity is an important value-creating channel in vertical acquisitions. We also find evidence suggesting that acquirers extract greater value as the synergistic gain increases, consistent with an efficient investment incentive underlying the integration decision.