Effect of independent expert reports in Australian takeovers

Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Accounting and Finance, 2005, 45 (4), pp. 519 - 536
Issue Date:
2005-01
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The Corporations Law 2001 mandates the preparation of an expert report in circumstances where the bidder is perceived to have a superior bargaining position. The present study tests whether the findings in Eddey (1993) can be extrapolated to all bids, irrespective of payment method. Inconsistent with Eddey, the results indicate that target premiums are lower where an expert report is required. The results confirm a higher frequency of price revisions where an expert indicates that the offer is 'not fair'. However, this increased offer is insufficient to raise the price to the level in takeovers without expert reports.
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