Do Stock Analysts Influence Merger Completion? An Examination of Postmerger Announcement Recommendations

David A. Becher, Jonathan B. Cohn, Jennifer L. Juergens
2015 Management science  
This paper investigates the effects of analyst recommendations issued after a merger announcement on deal completion. We find the probability of completion increases (decreases) with the favorability of acquirer (target) recommendations. Results from instrumental variables tests support causality running from recommendations to merger outcomes. Additional tests suggest that these relations are driven by target shareholders reassessing the merger offer in response to movements in acquirer and
more » ... in acquirer and target valuations. We also find that favorablyrecommended firms in a proposed merger underperform following deal resolution, suggesting that investors overreact to post-merger announcement recommendations.
doi:10.1287/mnsc.2014.2065 fatcat:aezk4ho5uzghtji65od7qzqdcq