How do M&As drive performance of acquiring tech firms? Evidence from the US
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- Master of Science 
In our study, we aim at understanding what drives acquirer in tech M&As. We examine a sample of 3,813 M&A transactions by US publicly-traded technological firms from 1991 to 2019. Since bidders1 and deals characteristics vary largely, we test for any significant effect in abnormal announcement returns. Results suggest that the acquirer’s shareholders gain when engaging in M&As with a private or subsidiary target, regardless of the size. However, they lose when buying a public firm, except when the transaction is paid for with cash. Further, a good performer is an acquiringtech firm that shows financial strength in its liquidity, operational strength in its efficiency, and substantial growth prospects. In contrast, a poor performer is a bidder that is overvalued, highly levered and employs a high level of R&D spending. These results are consistent with the signalling, information asymmetry, size effect and free cash flow hypothesis.
Masteroppgave(MSc) in Master of Science in Business, Finance - Handelshøyskolen BI, 2019