- By: Kevin McCarty
Last month, we hosted our second annual Mergers & Acquisitions Summit for a diverse group of executives from the private equity, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, and professional services communities. There was a lot to discuss, including issues both “old” (continuing challenges with technology and data integration) and “new” (security and workforce culture, among others).
In fact, a July CFO article included data from Thomson Reuters showing nearly 20,000 deals totaling $2.2 trillion have been announced as of June 29 this year. This number is up 40% from the first half of 2014 and very close to the $2.3 trillion in deals that closed the first half of 2007.
That article cites the growing number of “big” deals. These get the headlines, certainly, but from our perspective, the real action is in the middle market. Both private equity and corporate buyers flush with capital are competing aggressively for acquisitions, driving valuations higher. Among the deals with which we have been involved, the healthcare and manufacturing sectors are particularly hot, and a growing percentage of transactions have global considerations. Many current transactions focus on acquiring technology or capabilities that enable companies to evolve and transform their operations rapidly to compete in changing markets.
Not surprisingly, mergers and acquisitions are touching more and more of our clients, whether directly as deal participants or indirectly through the effects of an evolving competitive landscape. In this newsletter, our teams share a few perspectives relevant to organizations involved in transactions today. In addition to a summary of our M&A Summit discussions, other articles include:
- Seeing through the Fog: Common Pitfalls of Gaining Visibility into NewCo’s Performance
- Performance Services: Flexibility can be the Key to M&A Success
- Rethink Post-Merger Talent Retention
- Don’t Make Customer Experience an Afterthought: Buyers that Get Customer Experience Right Stand to Realize Enormous Rewards
Even if you aren’t actively involved in the M&A marketplace, it is prudent to keep an eye on transactions that could affect your market and competitive position—and just as importantly, continue to challenge your organization’s status quo and find ways to innovate and differentiate your organization. Either way, our team is always here to share experiences and ideas. And if you’d like to know more about the output of our M&A Summit and/or participate in the next event, please do let us know.