The Intangibles Song in Takeover Announcements: Good Tempo, Hollow Tune
Filipovic, Zoran; Wagner, Alexander F. (2021), The Intangibles Song in Takeover Announcements: Good Tempo, Hollow Tune, Ludwig Maximilian University Accounting Research Workshop, 2021-01, Munich / Online, Germany
TypeCommunication / Conférence
Conference titleLudwig Maximilian University Accounting Research Workshop
Conference cityMunich / Online
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Dauphine Recherches en Management [DRM]
Wagner, Alexander F.
Swiss Finance Institute [Geneva]
Abstract (EN)Mergers and acquisitions are often motivated by the intention of creating value from intangible assets. We develop a novel word list of intangibles and apply it to takeover announcements. Deals presented with more “intangibles talk” complete more quickly. However, the value of these deals to the acquirer is questionable: One standard deviation more in intangibles talk results in 0.45 percentage points lower abnormal announcement returns of bidders. Agency problems explain little of these results. Instead, payment mode choices and insider trades suggest that intangibles talk reflects managerial overoptimism. Overall,takeover announcements can provide important information regarding the quality of deals.
Subjects / KeywordsCorporate announcements; intangible assets; intangibles talk; mergers and acquisitions; textual analysis
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