Financial Institutions Center

The Value Effects of Bank Mergers and Acquisitions
by Steven J. Pilloff Anthony M. Santomero 97-07


The Wharton Financial Institutions Center provides a multi-disciplinary research approach to the problems and opportunities facing the financial services industry in its search for competitive excellence. The Center's research focuses on the issues related to managing risk at the firm level as well as ways to improve productivity and performance. The Center fosters the development of a community of faculty, visiting scholars and Ph.D. candidates whose research interests complement and support the mission of the Center. The Center works closely with industry executives and practitioners to ensure that its research is informed by the operating realities and competitive demands facing industry participants as they pursue competitive excellence. Copies of the working papers summarized here are available from the Center. If you would like to learn more about the Center or become a member of our research community, please let us know of your interest.

Anthony M. Santomero Director

The Working Paper Series is made possible by a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Value of Bank Mergers and Acquisitions October 29, 1996


Abstract: The banking industry has experienced an unprecedented level of consolidation on a belief that gains can accrue through expense reduction, increased market power, reduced earnings volatility, and scale and scope economies. A review of the literature suggests that the value gains that are alleged have not been verified. The paper then seeks to address alternative explanations and reconcile the data with continued merger activity.

Steven J. Pilloff is at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Anthony M. Santomero is at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those...