Impact of bank mergers on shareholders’ wealth
Keywords:Bank mergers, acquisitions, shareholders’ wealth, Kenya
AbstractMergers and acquisitions (M&As) perform a vital role in corporate finance in enabling firms achieve varied objectives and financial strategies. This study sought to comprehend the impacts that previous bank mergers have had on the shareholders’ wealth. The study location was in Kenya and it adopted the descriptive survey and correlation design in which the success of mergers was measured based on the objective oriented model using the annual accounts. The study computed the return on assets (ROA), return on equity (ROE) and the efficiency ratio (EFF) as indicators of shareholder value. The results of the commercial banks were analysed for a five-year period (2006-2010). The study reveals that mergers significantly influence shareholder value with banks that have undertaken mergers creating more value than those that have not. Such banks were ascertained to have posted better results than the overall sector.
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