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, Alliance Manchester Business School - Accounting and Finance Events and Seminars, 2021-02, Manchester / Online, Royaume-Uni
TypeCommunication / Conférence
Conference titleAlliance Manchester Business School - Accounting and Finance Events and Seminars
Conference cityManchester / 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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