Bank acquisition of mortgage firms and stockholders' wealth. An empirical analysis

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This paper examines the behavior of the returns on the securities of bank holding companies (BHCs) acquiring mortgage firms after the announcement of such an acquisition and the release of the Federal Reserve Board's decision. The stockholders of acquiring BHCs do not realize abnormal returns following the announcement of the acquisition of a mortgage firm. This reconfirms previous findings in unregulated industries and is consisten with the hypothesis that any economic rent which is generated by such an acquisition is captured by the acquired mortgage firm: This implies that there exist BHCs - other than the acquiring one - that could also affect a profitable merger with the mortgage firm. Another finding is that stockholders of BHCs that were 3enied permission to acquire mortgage firms sustained significant losses during the five weeks following the Board's decision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-215
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1981
Externally publishedYes


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