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Working Paper, No. 2004-17, 2004
Learning by Observing: Information Spillovers in the Execution and Valuation of Commercial Bank M&As
We offer a new explanation for why academic studies typically fail to find value creation in bank mergers. Our conjectures are predicated on the idea that, until recently, large bank acquisitions were a new phenomenon, with no best practices history to inform bank managers or market investors. We hypothesize that merging banks, and investors pricing bank mergers, “learn-by-observing” information that spills over from previous bank mergers. We find evidence consistent with these conjectures for 216 M&As of large, publicly traded U.S. commercial banks between 1987 and 1999. These findings are consistent with semi-strong stock market efficiency.
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