Using a novel dataset of news events for 170,000 entities across over 100 countries, we examine how media sentiment could affect firm acquisition decisions. Studying 77,552 completed merger and acquisition (M&A) deals around the world from 2000 to 2015, we find that firms with high media sentiment are more likely to become an acquirer and to pay a higher deal premium. The effect of media on the likelihood of an acquisition is stronger for cross-border deals, in countries with higher governance standards, larger firms with fewer financial constraints, and firms with higher market-to-book ratio and more media coverage. Target firms typically have low media sentiment. Acquirers with high media sentiment experience significantly positive returns prior to acquisitions and negative returns post-acquisition, inconsistent with theories of media content as a proxy for new information about fundamental asset values. Overall, we show that the media play an important role in the market for M&As.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money|
|State||Accepted/In press - 2021|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics
- Investor sentiment