We analyze the impact of Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) equity investments on target firm operating performance. We use metrics from network analysis to investigate whether target firms, that are better connected each other by means of the SWF investments, extract benefits from this network in terms of higher operating performance. We examine 507 SWF acquisition deals worldwide in the time span between 2000 and 2011. We find that more central firms in the SWF-target firm network enjoy better operating performance. In addition, our analysis points out that operating performance is higher: (i) the larger the stake acquired, (ii) if the investment is direct and domestic, (iii) if the SWF is run by a politician. Overall, our results reveal that only when a firm can benefit from the network of both political and commercial connections created by SWFs, then target firms enjoy these benefits and gain in operating performance.

Del Giudice, A., Nicoletta, M., Vitali, S., Sovereign Wealth Funds and Target Firms: Does 'Networking' Matter?, <<JOURNAL OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, MARKETS AND INSTITUTIONS>>, 2014; (2): 57-78. [doi:10.12831/78758] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/64255]

Sovereign Wealth Funds and Target Firms: Does 'Networking' Matter?

Del Giudice, Alfonso;
2014

Abstract

We analyze the impact of Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) equity investments on target firm operating performance. We use metrics from network analysis to investigate whether target firms, that are better connected each other by means of the SWF investments, extract benefits from this network in terms of higher operating performance. We examine 507 SWF acquisition deals worldwide in the time span between 2000 and 2011. We find that more central firms in the SWF-target firm network enjoy better operating performance. In addition, our analysis points out that operating performance is higher: (i) the larger the stake acquired, (ii) if the investment is direct and domestic, (iii) if the SWF is run by a politician. Overall, our results reveal that only when a firm can benefit from the network of both political and commercial connections created by SWFs, then target firms enjoy these benefits and gain in operating performance.
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Del Giudice, A., Nicoletta, M., Vitali, S., Sovereign Wealth Funds and Target Firms: Does 'Networking' Matter?, <>, 2014; (2): 57-78. [doi:10.12831/78758] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/64255]
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