Friday, May 22, 2009

BCG on M&A: It's a jungle out there

From, May 22, 2009:

Dealmakers trying to cash in on companies hurt by the recession have been fighting with said targets over valuation issues. And they may be running out of time to do deals on the cheap. That was made evident in a white paper by Boston Consulting Group Inc., titled "The Clock Is Ticking: Preparing to Seize M&A Opportunities While They Last."
The paper says there are signs the M&A tide could soon turn as equity values stabilize and debt markets show life. BCG isn't urging dealmakers to rush into acquisitions, instead it offers a stress test of sorts about where a company stands in the M&A jungle.
According to a BCG analysis of 281 companies in the S&P 500, just one-fifth of them have a sufficiently robust balance sheet and other financial credentials to engage in M&A (the haves), while another fifth are now so weak and vulnerable that their only course of action is to focus on surviving the downturn (the have-nots).
The paper offers a "predator-prey matrix" to clarify a company's M&A strategy, mapping operational stability against financial stability.
Get to BCG's white paper here. - Baz Hiralal

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