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Market response to divestiture announcements by European firms

Author: Kaiser, Kevin M. J. INSEAD Area: Finance Series: Working Paper ; 94/14/FIN Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 1994.Description: 19 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working Paper Online Access: Click here Abstract: We present preliminary evidence on stock market reaction to divestiture announcements by European firms: divestitures by French, German, Swedish and UK firms. The complete sample will include divestitures also by firms in Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Ireland. Included here: 1- stock price reaction during initial announcements of domestic subsidiary sell-offs positive and consistent with the US evidence, 2- in contrast to sellers in the US, European seller performance improves substantially for the 60 trading days following the event, 3- subtantial information leakages in European countries many trading days prior to the initial announcement of the event to the press, 4- differences across countries in the way cumulative abnormal returns are distributed between sellers divesting domestic subsidiaries and sellers divesting foreign subsidiary, 5- extent of information assymeties between seller and buyers has an impact on the level of the underpricing of the sal
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We present preliminary evidence on stock market reaction to divestiture announcements by European firms: divestitures by French, German, Swedish and UK firms. The complete sample will include divestitures also by firms in Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Ireland. Included here: 1- stock price reaction during initial announcements of domestic subsidiary sell-offs positive and consistent with the US evidence, 2- in contrast to sellers in the US, European seller performance improves substantially for the 60 trading days following the event, 3- subtantial information leakages in European countries many trading days prior to the initial announcement of the event to the press, 4- differences across countries in the way cumulative abnormal returns are distributed between sellers divesting domestic subsidiaries and sellers divesting foreign subsidiary, 5- extent of information assymeties between seller and buyers has an impact on the level of the underpricing of the sal

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