Who benefits from the leverage in LBOs?

Jenkinson, Tim and Stucke, Ruediger (2009) Who benefits from the leverage in LBOs? In: Annual Symposium 2009, 6-10 July, Oxford, UK.

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Tax savings associated with increased levels of debt are often thought to be an important source of returns for private equity funds conducting leveraged buyouts (LBOs). However, as leverage is available to all bidders, the vendors may appropriate any benefits in the form of the takeover premium. For the 100 largest U.S. public-to-private LBOs since 2003, we estimate the size of the additional tax benefits available to private equity purchasers. We find a strong cross-sectional relationship between tax savings and the size of takeover premia; and on average the latter are around twice the size of the former. Consequently, the tax savings from increasing financial leverage essentially accrue to the previous shareholders rather than the private equity fund that conducts the LBO. It is, therefore, unlikely that (ex ante predictable) tax savings are an important source of returns for private equity funds. Furthermore, policy proposals that aim to restrict leverage or the tax-deductibility of debt are likely to have their impact mainly on existing owners of companies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Keywords: Leveraged Buyouts, Taxes, Private Equity, Takeover Premium; finance
Subject(s): Taxation
Centre: Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation
Date Deposited: 04 May 2012 14:39
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2018 11:49
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/3706

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