Shareholder Wealth Effects of M&As: The Third Wave from Malaysia

Nurhazrina Mat Rahim, Wee Ching Pok

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    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyse the short-term wealth effects of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in Malaysia. In addition, this study also examines the factors that affect the short-term shareholders' wealth during M&A announcements in Malaysia. Design/methodology/approach: The short-term wealth effect is measured by the Cumulative Average Abnormal Returns (CAARs). For the purpose of this study, the wealth effects of a sample of 180 target and 196 bidding companies announced in Malaysia during the period from 2001 to 2009 are analyzed. Findings: Results of the study revealed that there are positive market reactions by both target and bidding shareholders towards M&A announcements. However, target shareholders earned significantly higher CAARs than bidding shareholders. There is sufficient evidence to suggest that economic condition surrounding merger announcements, type of acquisition (diversified/related), premium paid and status of bid (successful/failed) affect the short-term wealth effects of target and bidding shareholders during M&A announcements. However, the impact on the target and bidding shareholders are different. Relative size negatively affects bidding shareholders' wealth. Target with higher ROE also earned significantly higher returns. Originality/value: There is high number of announced M&A deals in Malaysia, little is known about the determinants of short-term wealth effects of M&As in emerging market Malaysia, in particular the third M&A wave.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-69
    Number of pages21
    JournalInternational Journal of Managerial Finance
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


    • Acquisitions and mergers
    • Emerging markets
    • Event study
    • Malaysia
    • Short-term wealth effects


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