Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229661
Authors: 
Bansraj, Dyaran
Smit, Han
Volosovych, Vadym
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. TI 2020-041/IV
Abstract: 
By holding assets longer and increasingly focusing on growth strategies private equity firms enter the territory of strategic buyers. In one such strategy, a private equity firm buys a company and then builds on that “platform” through add-on acquisitions. We ask whether such serial (buy-and-build) acquisition strategies deliver operating synergies, as expected from strategic buyers, or rather are a form of “window-dressing.” We collect a sample of buy-and-build strategies from seven major European markets and find that the profitability of these strategies improves more than that of the comparable strategies, constructed by us from stand-alone companies. We analyze a number of operating outcomes across various strategy sub-types and confirm that these operational improvements are consistent with the synergy interpretation.
Subjects: 
Private Equity
Leveraged Buyouts
Buy-and-Build
Operating Performance
Synergies
JEL: 
L2
G24
G34
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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