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832. Is the Value Effect due to M&A Deals?: Evidence from the Italian Stock Market

Working Paper n.832 - Giugno 2020

Antonio Roma

DEPS, USiena

Abstract

The paper provides an empirical characterisation of the value effect detected on the Italian Stock Market in the sample period 2000-2018 based on the value premium offered for the acquisition of a value stock. A bid on a value stock generates a large and statistically significant average return on the holding of the target in the deal window, as opposed to bids on growth stocks. Returns on stocks which are the target of a bid accounts for up to two thirds of the average return on the long side of the Fama and French (1993) HML portfolio. The other significant component of the average return of HML is due to the short selling of small growth stocks, which, as evidenced in previous literature, is often difficult to implement from a practical point of view.
Keywords 
Fama-French model; value effect; merger arbitrage
Jel Codes
G11, G12