Effects of Foreign Acquisitions on Financial constraints, Productivity and Investment in R&D of Target Firms in China

Date

2016-12-16

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

0969-5931

Volume Title

Publisher

Elsevier

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This paper examines whether foreign acquisitions lessen financial constraints, improve investment in research & development (R&D) and productivity of the target firms in China based on a sample of 914 cross-border mergers and acquisitions (CBM&A) over the period of 1994-2011. Using investment to cash-flow sensitivity to measure financial constraints, we find that foreign acquisitions in China are associated with a reduction of target firms’ financial constraints, irrespective of the ownership type of the target firm. However, the extent of financial constraint reduction is pronounced for non-SOEs compared to state-owned enterprises (SOEs). This study also provides evidence that foreign acquisitions improve Chinese target firms’ productivity and investment in R&D.

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Keywords

Cross-border mergers and acquisitions, Financial constrains, productivity, R&D investment, China

Citation

Chen, Y., Hua, X., Boateng, A. (2016) Effects of Foreign Acquisitions on Financial constraints, Productivity and Investment in R&D of Target Firms in China. International Business Review, 26 (4), pp.640-651.

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Finance and Banking Research Group (FiBRe)