The performance and motivation of serial acquisitions: Evidence from Australia

Md Mosharraf Hossain, Man Duy (Marty) Pham, Nahid Islam

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    Using 2696 acquisition announcements reported in Australia between 2000 and 2016, we document lower stock returns but higher risk for deals made by serial acquirers compared to those made by single acquirers after controlling for firm and deal characteristics. We also find that serial acquirers' underperformance relative to single acquirers is more pronounced when managers gain more control over their firm's resources. Further analysis reveals that the outcome of the first transactions is key to deriving serial acquisitions' motivation and performance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number101827
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Review of Financial Analysis
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


    • Australia
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Overconfidence
    • Overinvestment
    • Serial acquirers

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