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Cross-border buyout pricing

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>23/12/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Business Economics
Number of pages27
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date23/12/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Using a dataset of 1149 global private equity transactions, we find that cross-border buyouts are associated with significantly higher valuation multiples than domestic ones. We attribute this finding to informational disadvantages of foreign acquirers. Consistent with this idea, we find that the spread in valuation multiples narrows when the target operates in a country with high accounting standards, when it was publicly listed prior to the buyout, and when information production is facilitated due to large firm size. Further results suggest that local partnering in a syndicate serves as an effective remedy to avoid adverse pricing effects. The spread in valuation multiples is also less pronounced for large buyout funds, presumably because they draw on sufficient organizational resources to cope with cross-border-related transaction costs.