Do Activist Investors Add Long-Term Value?
ROA increase relative to the industry; Q increases relative to the industry. (Note: Activists take on garbage firms and make them less repulsive).
In the authors’ words:
We test the empirical validity of a claim that has been playing a central role in debates on corporate governance – the claim that interventions by activist shareholders, and in particular activist hedge funds, have an adverse effect on the long-term interests of companies and their shareholders. While this “myopic activists” claim has been regularly invoked and has had considerable influence, its supporters have thus far failed to back it up with evidence. This paper presents a comprehensive empirical investigation of this claim and finds that it is not supported by the data.
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