Title

Effects of Horizontal Merger Synergies on Rivals, Customers, and Suppliers

Publication Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

12-2014

Abstract

We examine the impact of operating synergies in horizontal mergers on the stock and operating performance of merging firms' product market rivals, corporate customers, and suppliers. Using a unique dataset of merger-related synergy forecasts disclosed by firms' insiders, we provide first direct evidence that horizontal merger synergies affect the valuations and performances of rivals, customers, and suppliers in ways consistent with strategic effects predicted by industrial organization theory. More broadly, our results underscore the importance of inter-firm linkages for firms' valuation and performance.

Discipline

Business

Research Areas

Finance

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