Practical Insights (Blog)

Chemicals M&A Outlook: Where Perfect Storm Meets Perfect Opportunity

4 Key questions every chemicals executive should be asking

Mark Montanari, VP Chemicals and Oil & Gas at Maine Pointe, outlines how executives in the US chemicals industry can take advantage of a buoyant M&A market to turn the supply chain into a competitive weapon to enable growth.

 

Topics: mergers and acquisitons chemical industry consulting

From Conflict to Cooperation: Repairing the Union-Management Relationship

Part 1: It isn't always the unions' fault

In part one of his three part blog exploring the increasingly complex relationship between management and unions, Jim Mynaugh, EVP Delivery at Maine Pointe purports that, while it may be easy for managers to lay the blame for operational problems at the unions’ door, managers can often be wrong.

Topics: Operations Excellence Operational Improvements

Five Common M&A Pitfalls to Avoid

70-80% of all M&As fail to achieve their financial goals

As stock prices and corporate cash levels continue to be close to record highs, and interest rates stay near historic lows, M&A activity over the coming year is set to remain high.

For CEOs and private equity executives with ambitious growth targets, acquiring another company can be a very attractive proposition. Yet survey after survey reports that as many as half of all mergers and acquisitions concluded don’t achieve their financial goals, and between 70-80% don’t create significant value. In the face of these disappointing statistics it’s an imperative for executives to change the way they approach transactions. 

Topics: mergers and acquisitons operational due diligence

Four Key Themes in Private Equity for 2017: Part Two, The Impact of An Increase in Corporate Divestitures

Dan Ginsberg, EVP and Mark McTigue, VP, Private Equity discuss the significant impact an increase in corporate divestitures is having on the market.

At the beginning of the year, we set out four key themes that we believed would have a significant impact on the PE market this year. Now that we are beyond the halfway point of 2017, we’re taking the opportunity to dive deeper into topic two on our list: An increase in corporate divestitures. We will examine the bearing this has had on the PE market so far this year and what continued impact it is likely to have as the year progresses.

Topics: Private Equity Consulting Divestiture

Operational Data Analytics - Three Ways to Unlock Value

Achieving the great promise of Industry 4.0 and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) requires changes to current methods of production, processing, and manufacturing. Many industries are already undergoing a reindustrialization to improve competitiveness. They recognize that Industry 4.0 will be mostly categorized using high-tech and big data. Yet, as the big data explosion continues unabated, research indicates that many executives are struggling to extract value and drive differentiation through data analytics and IIoT. At best, companies have captured just a third of the potential value. So, what’s standing in their way?
Topics: Data Analytics Cross-functional transformation

Reduced Cycle Time = Increased Speed, Growth and Profit

The golf cart story

Jim Mynaugh, Maine Pointe's EVP Operations, explains how cycle time reduction improves speed, unlocks profit, enables growth, and argues that being 'good' is not 'good enough' anymore. 

Topics: Operations Excellence Operational Improvements

Four Key Considerations for Supply Chain Decision Makers

When it comes to buying a new product or service, supply chain pros utilize a variety of methods to gather information, analyze results, and make decisions.

These solutions range from no-tech methods like working the phone, to high-tech methods like conducting an e-procurement process using industry tools. While the methods on the lower end of the scale are more labor intensive and can be subjective, and the methods at the higher end of the scale tend to be more objective, formal and efficient, each has its place in the world of procurement. However, there’s a fundamental question that all decision makers need to be able to answer; what are we actually buying?

The following four considerations are helpful before embarking on any procurement initiative:

Topics: supply chain transformation

Driving Value in a Consolidating Market

We’ve all heard the old adage that reputation is everything. Having a  good reputation can benefit a  business in a multitude of ways including customer preference, support for the company in difficult times and the future value of an organization in the marke tplace. In a global market where just about every industry is feeling the impact of ‘merger mania,' reputation is the key to survival and EBITDA improvement.



Topics: Specialty Chemicals

Step-By-Step Supply Chain Transformation

Achieving advantage is not as hard as you may think

"The ‘big bang, bet the company’ transformations of the past are dead."

Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer at Maine Pointe, explains why a more pragmatic step-by-step approach will deliver realizable value.

Topics: global supply chain supply chain transformation

Unlocking Value in Your Supply Chain

James Gurulé discusses how organizations are addressing their burning platform with a cross-functional approach.

Let’s begin with a pop quiz...how many leading businesses can you think of that are as dominant today as they were 20 years ago? Of course, there are some, but these are challenging times for even the biggest and best-managed organizations. Rapid economic and technological changes mean an approach that worked pretty well for you yesterday might not be working quite so well today and could be catastrophic by tomorrow. 

Topics: Strategic Procurement Total Value Optimization