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Type: Journal article
Title: Are corporate restructuring events driven by common factors? Implications for takeover prediction
Author: Powell, R.
Yawson, A.
Citation: Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 2007; 34(7-8):1169-1192
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0306-686X
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Ronan Powell and Alfred Yawson
Abstract: The paper shows that variables commonly used in takeover prediction models also help to explain the likelihood of several other restructuring events, including divestitures, bankruptcies and significant employee layoffs. This finding helps to explain the larger misclassification errors in binomial takeover prediction models commonly used in prior research. The results show that modelling takeover prediction models in a binomial setting is likely to lead to misspecification in the parameter estimates and, further, result in erroneous conclusions about the determinants of takeover likelihood. The paper shows that controlling for other restructuring events by using a multinomial framework results in consistently lower misclassification errors in out-of-sample prediction tests, when compared to the benchmark of a typical binomial model.
Keywords: corporate restructuring; takeovers; divestitures; layoffs; bankruptcies; type II error
Rights: 2007 The Authors Journal compilation Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing.
RMID: 0020110133
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5957.2007.02028.x
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