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Divestiture announcements in Australia : causes and consequences

This project examines divestiture announcements in Australia from 1987 to 1997. Valuation effects in response to such announcements are consistently, however weakly, positive for both the divesting parents and the acquiring firms. Different causes and motives to divest are investigated…. Chapter 1:


The New Economy is a new arena in business life where IT (Information Technology) companies act. The market’s valuations of the new prosperous enterprises in this young sector were extremely high. Through a row of highly priced acquisitions, huge goodwill items emerged