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1 May 2000 Financial Analysts Journal Volume 56, Issue 3

The Value Creation Potential of High-Tech Mergers

  1. Ninon Kohers
  2. Theodor Kohers

The distinctive high-growth, high-risk nature of technology-based industries raises important questions about the creation of wealth in high-tech takeovers. Do investors perceive acquisitions of high-tech targets to have strong potential for value creation? Or, given the large degree of uncertainty associated with many high-tech companies, is the market skeptical of the potential benefits of high-tech acquisitions? Our results show that acquirers of high-tech targets experience significantly positive abnormal returns, regardless of whether the merger is financed with cash or stock. Factors influencing bidder returns are the time period in which the merger occurs, the ownership structure of the acquirer, the high-tech affiliation of acquirers, and the ownership status of the target.

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