Profile of multiple versus single acquirers and their targets: a research note

Authors: Ooghe, Hubert; De Langhe, Tine; Camerlynck, Jan

Source: Applied Economics, Volume 38, Number 7, 20 April 2006 , pp. 725-733(9)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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Few studies have addressed the pre-take-over financial characteristics of multiple versus single acquirers and their targets. Therefore this study investigates whether multiple acquirers, with some experience in acquiring companies, might acquire firms with different (better) financial characteristics than single acquirers. Results confirm this hypothesis in multiple ways. It seems that multiple acquirers look for complementary firms in terms of sales and growth. Multiple acquirers specifically want to acquire companies with a high sales generating ability in order to improve their own sales generating ability.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School and Department of Accountancy and Corporate Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium

Publication date: April 20, 2006

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