هم افزایی هزینه های بالقوه از دستیابی بانک ها به خدمات املاک و مستغلات
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|4134||2007||16 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||7837 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Banking & Finance, Volume 31, Issue 8, August 2007, Pages 2347–2363
National banks and Financial Holding Companies (FHC) solicited permission from the Federal Reserve Board and the Treasury Department to add real estate brokerage and management services to list of permissible business activities under the 1999 Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLB). To date, permission has been denied due to the Community Choice in Real Estate Act, HR 111 and S 98. This study offers a method of combining the financial data of two independent industries. Additionally, this study identifies the scale returns and cost complementarities that may occur if banks offered real estate brokerage services under a single organization. Considerable evidence suggests that joining bank and real estate activities under a single organization would continue to generate increasing returns to scale for banks even when large levels of real estate brokerage services are offered by the joint institution. In addition, the results indicate evidence that bank acquisitions of real estate brokerages do create some cost saving synergies from cost complementarities between product lines. Finally, complementarities exist between traditional bank services and real estate services most at low levels of real estate outputs.
Congress has temporarily blocked efforts by national banks and financial holding companies (FHC) to expand their services to include real estate brokerage activities. Banking conglomerates have asked permission from the Federal Reserve Board and the Treasury Department to sell and manage real estate under the 1999 Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLB). However, Congress has denied national banks and FHCs from offering real estate brokerage and management services by passing the Community Choice in Real Estate Act (CCR). The Fair Choice and Competition in Real Estate Act (FCCR) of 2005, recently introduced to the House of Representatives, is a rival bill to the CCR. In contrast, FCCR would amend the Bank Holding Company Act with the purpose of clarifying that real estate brokerage and real estate management activities are authorized “financial” activities for FHCs and financial subsidiaries of national banks. If passed, this bill would allow bank conglomerates the right to acquire real estate brokerage activities as a service that they offer under the same roof as lending, insurance, and investment services. Researchers have identified four drivers in the decision to acquire target firms, aside from financial distress: scale economies; scope economies; agency issues relating to the conflict of interests between management and shareholders; and risk diversification. For an acquisition to be successful, the newly acquired activities should possess synergies with the existing ones. These synergies could come on the demand side from the shopping conveniences, newly acquired market power and revenue diversification or on the supply side from shared fixed costs, such as scale and scope economies. One of the contributions that this study makes is the hypothetical combination of financial cost data from two independent industries before a merger or acquisition occurs with the purpose of estimating cost synergies. First, this study will directly estimate the benefits of producing a larger scale of real estate transactions called revenue units in a combined industry (returns to scale). Based on a number of studies that show evidence that the real estate brokerage industry is operating near its optimal scale, Zumpano (2001) asserts that the real estate brokerage industry may face diseconomies of scale if large bank conglomerates are allowed to offer real estate services. We argue that a joined industry would face an entirely different cost frontier and that the existing research would tell little about a new industry with a combined product line. Second, this paper estimates the cost synergies between banking and real estate services due to cost complementarities. This study provides empirical evidence of cost saving synergies that may exist when a single firm blends traditional banking services with real estate brokerage services. Cost synergies exist when the joint cost of producing complementary services is less than the combined costs of producing the services separately. This paper breaks out specific services and analyzes the synergies between each service. We use simulated Bayesian stochastic cost frontier analysis ex ante by taking each possible, albeit hypothetical, bank acquisition of a real estate brokerage in our data samples. We find considerable evidence suggesting that joining bank and real estate activities under a single organization would continue to generate increasing returns to scale for banks even at large levels of real estate brokerage production. We find significant evidence that bank mergers with real estate brokerages do create some cost saving synergies between product lines. Depending upon the level of services provided, cost complementarities exist between real estate loans and real estate listings and sales (revenue units); other loans and revenue units; and securities and revenue units. This paper will proceed as follows. Section 2 describes similarities that exist in the production of bank services and real estate brokerage services. Section 3 summarizes the current regulatory environment. Section 4 reviews the relevant literature. Section 5 describes the data collected. Section 6 introduces the stochastic frontier methodology and its use in blending each bank and real estate brokerage into a single hypothetical firm. Section 7 provides the definition of scale and scope economies based on the stochastic cost frontier. Section 8 provides results and Section 9 concludes.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Using a Bayesian estimated modified Translog stochastic cost frontier for combined banking and real estate operations we find evidence that bank mergers with real estate brokerages could indeed create some cost saving synergies. The cost synergies are most prevalent at small combinations of bank and real estate services and with small real estate brokerage services and large bank service production. We present evidence suggesting that mega mergers between large banks and large real estate brokerage firms would not create cost complementarities. We find evidence that the traditional bank service cost synergies are not materially altered by adding revenue units to the product line. We provide little evidence that supports the idea that banks would become too big if they entered the real estate brokerage markets. We find that the scale efficiency returns to banks entering the real estate brokerage markets would continue to be increasing. The scope synergies appear to have an expansionary effect on scale economies. The vast majority of the 78,660 blended banks face increasing returns to scale at even high levels of revenue unit production. Bank acquisition of real estate brokerage is timely because of the pending legislation and because the debate that is currently dominating the agenda’s of the NAR and Financial RoundTable. The results of this study are important and have numerous consequences not yet fully understood for both the financial services industry and the real estate brokerage and management industry. This empirical paper should only be the beginning of the discussion concerning the combination of banking and real estate activities.