The probability of informed trading and mergers and acquisitions

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Journal Article
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Accounting and Finance, 2019
Issue Date:
2019-01-01
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© 2019 Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand This paper investigates the role of the probability of informed trading (PIN) in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). We show that acquirers with higher PINs use more cash to finance their deals due to their higher cost of equity, and acquirers use more equity financing when acquiring targets with higher PINs to share the information risk with the target shareholders. We also find that acquirers and targets with higher PINs both experience higher announcement returns when cash financing is used, indicating that PINs are priced in the M&A market.
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