Financial buyers in takeovers: Focus on cost efficiency

Halina Frydman, Roman Frydman, Susanne Trimbath

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    This paper examines whether financial buyers are more likely to initiate takeovers of inefficient firms. We show that they indeed are and thus conclude that takeovers by financial buyers play a potentially beneficial role in the allocation of corporate assets in the U.S. economy. Our analysis of determinants of takeovers initiated by financial buyers uses an application of the methodology developed in Trimbath, Frydman and Frydman (2001). In order to illustrate efficiency enhancements introduced by financial buyers, we select Forstmann Little’s acquisition of General Instrument for a brief case study. We show that their aggressive programs of cost management substantially improved the efficiency of General Instrument. Moreover, it allowed General Instrument to expand research and development to become the global leader in high definition television.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)2-13
    Number of pages12
    JournalManagerial Finance
    Issue number12
    StatePublished - 2002


    • Acquisitions
    • C2-Econometric methods
    • Corporate finance and governance
    • G24
    • G3
    • G34
    • Investment banking
    • Mergers

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
    • Finance


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