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The Impact of Acquisitions on Company Performance: Evidence from a Large Panel of UK Firms

Andrew P. Dickerson, Heather D. Gibson and Euclid Tsakalotos
Oxford Economic Papers
New Series, Vol. 49, No. 3 (Jul., 1997), pp. 344-361
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2663598
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Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of acquisitions on company performance using a large panel of UK-quoted companies observed over a long time period. The results indicate that acquisitions have a detrimental impact on company performance and that company growth through acquisition yields a lower rate of return than growth through internal investment. Given the penchant for takeovers in the UK, as witnessed by the record level of takeovers on the London equity market last year, our findings suggest that neither firms nor shareholders are being best served by the existing financial and industrial system.

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