Australia has accounted for over 51 percent of mergers and acquisitions in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) during 2004-2006. This paper investigates the short-horizon and long-horizon wealth effects experienced by shareholders of Australian acquirers following these domestic and cross-border business takeover announcements. The sample consists of 197 announcements. Results for domestic acquisitions suggest that acquirers' shareholders endure abnormal returns in the range of -1.07% and -1.86% per day in the short-horizon. The long-horizon wealth effects, however, were found to be inconclusive. Results for cross-border acquisitions show that acquirers' shareholders endure abnormal returns in the range of 1.02% and 1.26% per day in the short-horizon. This positive wealth effect, however, dissipates in the long-horizon.
- Asia Pacific
- Business takeovers
- Calendar time methodology
- Domestic and cross-border acquisitions