Practical Insights (Blog)

Four Key Themes in Private Equity for 2017: Part Four, An Increase in Pre-acquisition Operational Due Diligence of Potential Acquisition Targets

In the last of our series of blogs looking at key private equity themes for 2017, Dan Ginsberg, Bill Shine and Mark McTigue discuss how a relatively large inventory of portfolio companies readying for exit, coupled with high valuations has led many PE firms to re-evaluate the way due diligence is performed.

 

Topics: Private Equity operational due diligence

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