Shareholder Voting and Merger Returns

Item Type Monograph (Working Paper)
Abstract

Using a sample of 384 shareholder meetings, we investigate whether shareholder votes on mergers and acquisitions in both target and acquirer firms relate to the announcement day abnormal returns and whether the voting outcome has implications for the short- and long-run merger performance. We find that shareholder voting dissent is negatively related to both abnormal returns upon merger announcement and recommendations by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). The former relationship is stronger for target firms and only borderline significant for acquirer firms. Overall, shareholders seem to take both advisor opinions and market beliefs into account when taking their voting decision. We also find that cumulative abnormal returns on the meeting date are strongly positively related to voting dissent. The observed relationship holds only for mergers with a long negotiation period suggesting that in these mergers a higher fraction of residual uncertainty is re-solved upon a "pass" vote. Furthermore, we find that voting dissent is negatively related to long-run abnormal merger performance suggesting a predictive power of merger votes.

Authors Laura, Henning
Language English
Keywords Shareholder voting; Mergers and acquisitions; Proxy advisors; Monitoring; Merger performance
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date 2014
Publisher SoF - HSG
Place of Publication St. Gallen
Series Name School of Finance Working Paper Series
Number 2014/16
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Markus Schmid
Date Deposited 14 Oct 2014 11:14
Last Modified 10 Aug 2015 15:27
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/235786

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Laura, Henning: Shareholder Voting and Merger Returns. School of Finance Working Paper Series, 2014, 2014/16.

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