SEARCH

SEARCH BY CITATION

Keywords:

  • equity carve-out;
  • reacquisition;
  • blockholder;
  • initial public offering;
  • parent-subsidiary merger
  • G14;
  • G34

Abstract

While existing literature reports a positive market reaction to parent companies conducting carve-outs, we find that the response to carve-outs that are ultimately reacquired is negative or insignificant. Reacquired units perform considerably worse than those that are not reacquired. Thus, parents may perceive that the market does not recognize the potential of these poorly performing units, and reacquires them to capitalize on the parents' private information. The reacquisition announcement results in a favorable market reaction for the parents and the units. However, parents experience negative long-term buy-and-hold abnormal returns when they reacquire less than 100% of units' shares.