Minority versus majority: the choice of acquisition in Asia-Pacific countries

Nguyen, Ann-Ngoc ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0283-9139, Kernohan, David and Nguyen, Tung (2022) Minority versus majority: the choice of acquisition in Asia-Pacific countries. International Journal of Finance & Economics . ISSN 1076-9307 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1002/ijfe.2726)

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This paper examines the relationship between the financial constraints of the acquiring firms and their choice of a minority over a majority acquisition. Our findings show that the likelihood of bidders undertaking a minority acquisition increases with financial constraints, including the deviation from target capital structure, and overleverage deficit. We also find that the impacts of leverage deviation on the likelihood of bidders engaging in a minority or majority acquisition is asymmetric for underleveraged and overleveraged firms. In addition, international bidders are less likely to take a minority acquisition if the target is operating in i) countries with a higher degree of Political Stability and Absence of Violence/Terrorism, ii) countries with higher degree to which individuals are able to participate in selecting their government, as well as having more freedom of expression, freedom of association, and a free media. Lastly, minority acquisitions are more common in a country with a more developed market. As such, in a fluid social order it looks like acquirers really need majority control.

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Keywords (uncontrolled): Asia-Pacific, financial constraints, majority acquisition, minority acquisition, political stability, voice and accountability
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Accounting and Finance
Item ID: 36636
Depositing User: Ann-Ngoc Nguyen
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2022 12:32
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2022 04:41
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/36636

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