Thesis / Dissertation

Strategic Financial Reporting of Target Firms in Mergers and Acquisitions

Kerui Zhai, Gary Biddle (ed.)

Published : 2020


This thesis investigates the strategic financial reporting of target firms in mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Specifically, this thesis finds that M&A target firms manage GAAP earnings and non-GAAP earnings during selected periods of the M&A process to portray improved performance with related share price effects and M&A consequences. This thesis sheds light on how target firms, as key players in M&As, communicate with outsiders with implications for market participants, regulation, and research that heretofore has focused largely on M&A acquirers.

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