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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|4136||2007||17 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Banking & Finance, Volume 31, Issue 12, December 2007, Pages 3646–3662
We provide evidence on the potential for bidder wealth gains in bancassurance mergers by examining a sample of such mergers in the United States and abroad. These combinations are expected to produce positive wealth gains if there are synergies between these two types of financial firms. We find positive bidder wealth effects that are significantly related to economies of scale (as measured by the size of the target relative to the bidder), potential economies of scope, and the locations of the bidders and targets. These results suggest that the bancassurance architectural structure for financial firms does offer some benefits and thus may become more prominent in future years.
The bancassurance model for financial firms has become important in the evolution of the financial structure of Europe since the 1989 Second Banking Directive. Moreover, passage of the Financial Services Modernization Act (also known as the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act) in 1999 eliminated legal restraints on the amalgamation of commercial banks and insurance companies in the United States. Given the potential synergies available from bancassurance combinations, such mergers could produce significant changes in the American financial system. Despite the importance of bancassurance mergers for the development of both the European and the American financial systems, there is very little evidence on the benefits and costs of this financial model. In particular, there is little information on two fundamental questions: Do announcements of bancassurance mergers produce positive bidder wealth gains? If so, are the wealth gains associated with potential synergies achievable by the combined entities and/or other factors? Evidence on these questions is crucial to our understanding of the future effects of bancassurance on the financial system. We provide evidence on bidder wealth changes in bancassurance mergers by investigating mergers between commercial banks and insurance companies both in the United States and internationally (primarily Europe). There are a number of a priori reasons to expect that mergers between banks and insurance companies are wealth enhancing, not just for targets, but also for bidders. For example, some researchers (e.g., see Staikouras, 2006 and Staikouras and Nurullah, forthcoming) have observed that banking and insurance as businesses have more similarities than differences, characteristics that may favor joint production and synergies. Both types of firms are financial intermediaries that pool savings of individuals and subsequently channel these funds to the capital market. The existence of economies of scope would not be surprising in these two information-intensive financial services. Laws of large numbers, liquidity creation, and financial risk management are also common to both institutions (Lewis, 1990, Levy-Lang, 1990 and Voutilainen, 2004). We find that bancassurance mergers produce positive abnormal returns for bidders. The abnormal returns that we find for bidders that acquire publicly traded targets are about +1% and are statistically significant. We find that the positive bidder returns are driven by economies of scale measured by the relative size of the bidder versus the target and by potential economies of scope between commercial banks and insurance companies. Thus, our evidence is consistent with the existence of synergies between commercial banks and insurance companies in the production of financial services. Positive abnormal returns are also associated with the location of the acquirer and the target, with market extension mergers more likely to create positive bidder abnormal returns. Overall, our results are generally consistent with previous banking literature that has found banking/insurance combinations tend to be mutually beneficial to both firms, but only for those that are perceived to produce tangible synergies and market expansion opportunities for their shareholders. Section 2 provides a brief background discussion of bancassurance. Section 3 reviews relevant bancassurance literature, and Section 4 discusses the sample data and methodology. Section 5 presents the empirical results. Section 6 concludes and discusses the implications of our results both for the market for corporate control and for the organization of financial service firms.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
We find positive bidder abnormal returns for our sample of bancassurance mergers. The abnormal returns are principally determined by perceptions of potential economies of scale and scope, whether the target is public, and by whether the merger is in-market or not (where an in-market merger is defined as one in which the merger partners are located in the same country). Bidders acquiring public targets experience positive abnormal returns, but those acquiring private targets experience zero abnormal returns. While bidders in bancassuarnce mergers that acquire private targets do not experience positive abnormal returns, it is important to note that they also do not experience the negative abnormal returns that are common to most bidders in other mergers. Mergers that extend the market of the bidder appear to produce substantially more positive abnormal returns than mergers within the same market area. Whether this result is specific to our sample is an important question in assessing the public policy implications of our results but one on which we could only conjecture. If the result is generally applicable, it clearly supports the desirability of market extension mergers, which is an uncommon finding in the non-financial corporate literature (e.g., see Denis et al., 2002). Of particular importance, our results also show that mergers that are perceived to produce economies of scale and scope are more likely to have positive bidder abnormal returns. Transactions in which the target’s assets are a large fraction of the assets of the bidder (our measure of economies of scale) are more likely to produce positive abnormal returns. Similarly, those transactions in which the combined firms are able to expand their revenue stream, one of our measures of economies of scope, are more likely to produce positive abnormal returns. Also, bidders are well advised to seek out high performing targets rather than turnaround candidates. Of course, it is important to recognize that these reactions represent market perceptions of the effects of these mergers. Whether these perceptions are realized in the future remains to be seen. The principal focus of our analysis has been on whether merger transactions create positive abnormal returns for bidders and, if so, what factors are associated with those positive abnormal returns. Consistent with the findings of previous simulation studies in banking that examined the return and risk effects of banking/insurance combinations, we find positive bidder abnormal returns in actual bancassurance deals. While our results provide some insights into the determinants of abnormal returns in these types of mergers, they more importantly have implications for the evolution of the financial system. The 1989 Second Banking Coordination Directive and subsequent amendments opened up new opportunities for the expansion of bancassurance in Europe. The passage of the 1999 Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act enabled banks and insurance companies in the US to engage in bancassurance. Our announcement period evidence suggests that the bancassurance model is an economically viable organizational form for financial service firms. Of course, only time will tell the full bancassurance story. In this regard, an interesting area for future research would be to consider the long-run, post-merger implications of bancassurance to bidder firms.