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Growth Through Acquisition

Growth Through Acquisition

To accelerate the growth of your company and organic growth doesn’t appeal, consider merging with or acquiring another company. In this article, we’ll go through the about your business tips for growth through acquisition.

Such a move can help business owners like you to grow your top line and profitability, says the FD Centre’s FD East of England North, Lynda Connon. 

A successful merger or acquisition can also give your company access to your target company’s technology, skillsets, markets, and target customers.

If the target company is in a different industry, the merger or acquisition can help to diversify and mitigate risk. 

Considering a diversification strategy like this is valuable if there is any doubt about your company’s prospects for long-term profitability.

The standard form of acquisition is when one company (the acquiring company) buys another company. 

It does this by either buying all the shares in the acquired company or by purchasing its assets. The shell company is then liquidated.

Types of Mergers

Likewise, there are several types of mergers, including

  •         Horizontal merger (in which you merge with a company in your industry)
  •         Vertical merger (in which your target company is at a different production stage or place in the value chain)
  •         Product-extension merger (in which your target company sells different but related products in the same market)
  •         Market-extension merger (in which your target company sells the same products as your own but in a separate market)
  •         Conglomerate merger (in which your target company is in a different industry and has different products or services).

Growth through acquisition has many benefits, including the following:

  •         To achieve a lower cost of capital
  •         To improve your company’s performance and boost growth
  •         To achieve higher revenues
  •         To reduce expenses
  •         To achieve economies of scale
  •         To diversify your product or service offering in your existing markets or move into new markets
  •         To increase market share and positioning
  •         To achieve tax benefits
  •         To diversify risk
  •         To make a strategic realignment or change in technology
  •         To obtain new technology, more efficient production, or patents, and licenses.

Dangers of mergers and acquisitions

As beneficial as mergers and acquisitions (M&As) may be, particularly in terms of achieving fast revenue growth, they are not for the faint-hearted. 

The merger or acquisition process can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. Depending on such factors as whether the target company is a public or private entity, the negotiations, legislation, and the involvement of financial institutions and other stakeholders.

“The actual transaction can be done very quickly if you’ve identified your target and if all parties are keen to go ahead and legals can be put in place,” says Connon. 

“But typically, a merger or an acquisition takes several months.”

But you also need to factor in the time that will be involved in the identification of suitable target companies as well as the post-acquisition integration.

The post-acquisition integration can take anywhere from six to 12 months, she explains. 

“So the actual transaction itself can be done very, very quickly. It’s the process of identifying the target and making sure it’s something that will work for your organisation as a combined entity and making it happen after you’ve done the deal.”

It’s estimated that of all M&As, 70% to 90% fail for various reasons. 

Many failures are due to a lack of strategic planning and incomplete due diligence, according to Connon. 

They also fail if there is a poor strategic fit between the two companies, a poorly managed integration or an overly optimistic projection of the target company.

The result is a failed growth strategy and a large number of lost opportunities.

Successful merger or acquisition strategy

Growth Through Acquisition So, how can you be sure of being in the 10% to 30% who achieve successful acquisitions or mergers?

Before even starting your search for target companies, it’s essential that you clarify your acquisition strategy and reason for merging with or acquiring a company, says Connon.

Most successful acquisitions happen when companies have identified and understood their own acquisition strategy, says Connon. 

They have clarified the company’s direction over the next two to five years, understand the market challenges for their core business, and know the gaps in their own portfolios and skillsets.

“They also take time to identify potential targets and to subtly review and understand the strengths and weaknesses of each of those target companies,” she adds. 

“Post-acquisition, the ones that tend to fail are the ones where acquiring companies haven’t taken the time to really understand their own strategy or market challenges and what they want from an acquisition. Often, it’s been done for emotional reasons rather than good, sound business reasons. Those companies will typically fail.”

To develop your acquisition strategy, you’ll need to be clear about what you hope to achieve. What is your business model? What do you want to do? Do you want to grow income, to improve profitability, to enhance cash flow? Where are the market challenges in your sector and can you address them all? If you can’t, do you need to make an acquisition? Do you need to merge?

If you conclude that a merger or acquisition is desirable and will be beneficial in the long-term, then you need to develop an “identikit” of what that potential company looks like. 

Every company you consider should be evaluated against the metrics you’ve decided upon.

“Don’t get distracted by personal judgement. If you stick to the metrics you’re looking for, you’re more likely to make a successful acquisition,” she adds.

Due diligence

You and your team of M&A experts need to carry out due diligence and investigate the target company’s business, people (particularly crucial personnel), records and key documents. 

The point of the due diligence process is to uncover any inherent risks in the target business. To question the value placed on the investment or acquisition price and to identify critical issues.

Your M&A team should ask questions and request documentation about the following areas:

  •         Corporate information, including the company structure, shareholders or option holders and directors
  •         Business and assets, including your business plan, assets and contracts with both customers and suppliers
  •         Finance including details of all company borrowings and loan agreements, cash flow statement, business reports, plus all tax liabilities and VAT returns
  •         Human Resources including details of contracts for directors and employees
  •         IP and IT, including information about IPs, owned or used by the target company and the software and equipment that are used
  •         Pension plans that are in place for directors and employees
  •         Litigation including details of any disputes or legal proceedings the company is involved with now or in the future along with licenses or regulatory agreements it has
  •         Property including information of real estate that’s owned or leased by the target business
  •         Insurance policy details along with recent or future claims
  •         Health and safety policies that are in place
  •         Data protection, including information about how sensitive data is stored and protected and reassurance the target company is compliant with data protection laws

Post-acquisition or merger

You should use your original strategy to measure its success, whether that’s income growth of 25% or improved profits of 2%.

“That would be the target by which you’d measure your combined entity. You’d go back to those numbers and see what have you’ve achieved compared with what you set out to achieve.”

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The Best Business Scaling Strategy

The Best Business Scaling Strategy

If you want your business to achieve high ambitious turnover growth of at least 20% year on year, you need a business scaling strategy that incorporates a strong vision and a solid business plan.

Helping your small business to grow, to achieve a sustained annual 20% turnover growth and scale up, will involve careful planning.

It will also most likely involve taking calculated risks.

You need to think about what you want to achieve. You won’t find that easy unless you know your target market and your customers thoroughly, have products and services they’re keen to buy and be aware of the expenses you’re likely to face.

That’s the case for all business models, including those for manufacturers, retailers (whether they’re brick and mortar, brick and click or eCommerce), distributors, and franchises.

Achieve The Revenue Growth

You also need to have a clear understanding of what’s achievable both in the short and long-term.

At some point, you’re likely to need to invest in the company to achieve the revenue growth and scale your business the way you want.

That might be to cover the cost of hiring of more team members, the training of your existing employees and their retention, or the development of new product lines or services to boost sales.

Like some companies, you might need additional funding to be able to hire in external experts such as the FD Centre’s part-time FDs to fill the personnel gaps within the company as it scales up.

You will also have to decide how you will fund the additional resources you need to sustain your growth.

Companies that enjoy strong growth are prepared to employ the right people and to raise the money they need.

Sometimes they have even personally guaranteed the loans they’ve taken out on the company’s behalf.

They’re taking well planned, well considered risks.

The more risk-averse often shy away from offering personal guarantees on loans or embarking on mergers and acquisitions that would help to fuel their rapid growth.

Invariably however you do need to borrow money to achieve growth.

Managing growth successfully

The Best Business Scaling StrategyTo manage your company’s growth, it’s critical that you refer often to your business plan and keep an eye on the business’ key metrics, benchmarks and timelines.

You need to make sure that people have actionable activities; things that they can do and which can be measured.

As well as having repeatable processes and measuring your progress on a day-to-day basis, it’s crucial to be able and willing to adapt and be flexible if things change.

KPIs

Besides monitoring KPIs for turnover, gross profit percentage and salaries, it’s also important to establish KPIs for your profit per product and customer profitability.

You need to know whether you’re doing more business with each of your customers than you were doing the previous year, for example. That’s more important than focusing on going out and winning new customers.

Equally important is being aware of your balance sheet.

Other important KPIs are those that relate to your customer conversion rates, your sales profitability, and your working capital

Pros and cons of inorganic growth

One of the fastest ways to scale your business is to merge with or acquire another business in your market. Or, in the case of retail or hotel/restaurant companies, open new branches in different locations. It could also involve forming a joint venture partnership.

You need to ensure there are alignment and support for the from all the company’s stakeholders. Including customers, senior management, non-executive directors, potential joint venture or merger partners. And your banks and other finance institutions, your accountants, and your immediate team.

The benefits of choosing the right target company for your merger or acquisition can mean your market share and assets increase.

Your new staff may have more expertise and skills than your existing employees.

The merger or acquisition may make it easier to obtain capital if or when you need it.

But this kind of inorganic growth can be problematic.

The purchase price for the acquisition can be prohibitive while restructuring charges can increase expenses.

It also takes time to benefit from the knowledge or technology your company has acquired through the merger or acquisition.

You may find you need to recruit more managers to cope with the increased workforce.

The business may move in a direction you never anticipated. Or the new company may grow too quickly which puts it at greater risk.

Often, the combination of organic and inorganic growth gives you the best outcome. Your company can diversify its revenue base without having to rely purely on current operations to grow your market share.

Three tips to scale your business

  1. Be open minded about taking on investment. Scaling your business will be hard work and you need to find a way to do it without running out of cash. 
  2. Conduct market research to ensure people want to buy what you’re offering. It’s got to interest and excite them so much they’re willing to hand over cash for it.
  3. Reward your employees and make sure they understand and are engaged with your vision for the business. You’ve got to bring them on the journey. 

Contact us now so we can book in a consultation meeting with one of our dedicated Regional Directors, to show how we can help you to have the best business scaling strategy.

How to Drive Organic Growth in your Business

How to Drive Organic Growth in your Business

If you want to boost your business growth rate but consider mergers and acquisitions too costly and risky, then consider using a safer, albeit slower organic growth strategy.

Provided it’s profitable, growth can help your company to attract top-performing talent and investors. It can also generate financial resources that will fund expansion.

A business that grows organically uses its internal resources, without having to borrow or get involved in takeovers, mergers or acquisitions, to expand operations.

By comparison, those that rely on inorganic growth use external funding or growth opportunities such as mergers and acquisitions, to expand.

Although internal growth is slower, it can result in increased output, greater efficiency and production speed, higher revenue growth and better cash flow, according to the FD Centre’s multi-channel retail specialist and part-time FD, Sanjay Patel.

For those reasons, organic growth is growth that’s critical for the success of any company, not just those in the retail sector, he says.

It’s also why organic growth is important to existing and potential investors because they want to see the company is capable of increasing output and earning more than it did in the previous year.

Growing organically is what many high growth companies do, according to a global McKinsey report. The study found that organic growth is key to companies’ futures.

Top performers invest in existing high-growth activities by using funds from a variety of sources; create new products, services or successful business models; or perform better by continually optimizing their core commercial capabilities such as marketing, sales and pricing, the report said.organic growth

Interestingly, the top growth companies in the study used a combination of all three strategies, it revealed.

The top performers also tend to be better at developing the right capabilities to support their chosen growth strategies, such as using advanced analytics and digital customer experience, it explained.

Although the study focused primarily on publicly listed companies in the US and Europe, its conclusions are just as crucial to both small and large privately owned companies.

Of course, scale-up companies might not have the resources that top growth firms do that enable them to introduce more than one strategy at a time.

But if you want your company to enjoy the benefits of organic growth, then you need to use at least one of the three main organic growth strategies.

It’s also worth considering using a combination of organic and inorganic growth.

Three organic growth strategies

  1. Continuously optimize your commercial activities (those that involve how your products or services are priced, marketed and sold)
  2. Reallocate funds from unproductive costs or low-growth sectors of the business into activities such as high-earning products or services that already perform well and which will boost earnings and growth
  3.     Create and develop new products or services and develop new business models.

Measure success

It’s crucial you use data analytics to determine which growth initiative is having the most impact. Such analytics should make it easy to see which strategy is the most cost effective.

Embedding analytics into the company’s most critical commercial processes will make it easier to get useful insights. The faster you can get access to such insights, the easier it will be for leaders in your organisation to make important strategic decisions.

Why knowing your target market is critical

Thorough knowledge of your target market is essential for long-term organic growth. Without it, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to increase your market share.

If you know how your target customers or clients think, behave, and make decisions, you’ll know in which products and services you need to invest most of your funds.

Your research should make it easier to know what new product lines or services will appeal to your target market.

It will also allow you to tailor your marketing efforts and the pricing of your products or services towards your ideal customers. They’re the ones who buy the most products most frequently.

Social media marketing

For example, the research could reveal that most of your customers come to your online retail shop via recommendations they find on social media. These might include social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, blogs, vlogs, forums and consumer review sites.

This insight could mean you decide to focus most of your marketing efforts on getting more organic sales by reaching out to more social media influencers and producing SEO (search engine optimized) content for other people’s blogs, vlogs as well as your own blog and YouTube channel.

The deeper your understanding of your target market and ideal customers, the easier it should be to identify potential markets, invest in product line extension and create future revenue streams.

While becoming more effective at generating sales and annual revenue should result in better top-line figures, it’s also important for your company to become more efficient in spending and managing your operating costs.organic growth

The right mindset

To be one of the top growth companies, your business needs a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset. The fixed mindset organisational culture is based on the idea that personal traits are fixed, and natural ability is unchangeable.

Organisations with a fixed mindset tend to reward ‘genius’ type employees, the ‘star’ performers, and overlook so-called ‘under performers.’ Such organisations by their very nature hinder rather than encourage growth.

A growth mindset is based on the belief that everyone can increase their ability, talent, and intelligence, given the right opportunities to learn and be curious.

Organisations that share a growth mindset are more adaptive and flexible and, therefore more agile – the very qualities that a company needs to be able to take advantage of new growth opportunities.

Top Business Expansion Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Top Business Expansion Strategies for Entrepreneurs

If you want to grow your business, you’ll need to use key business expansion strategies, preferably one that involves the least amount of risk and effort.

Depending on the demand for your products and services, your competition, the size of your market and market conditions, you could use one of the following growth strategies to expand your existing business:

  • Increase your market penetration by selling more of your products or services to your existing customers.
  • Expand your market by moving into new areas, territories or countries.
  • Increase the range of products or services you offer to new and existing customers.
  • Diversify your existing products or services to attract different customers. 
  • Use new channels to sell your products or services such as through an online shop, direct mail catalogues, joint venture partners or affiliate partners.business expansion strategies
  • Acquire or merge with another company (to increase market penetration, market expansion, product diversification, and market share). You could buy or merge with a competitor, a supplier or a distributor to achieve your growth objectives.

Most of these can be achieved through organic business growth. The exception is the acquisition of or merger with another company. Merging or acquiring other companies can be riskier than relying on organic growth but if successful can help your company to achieve rapid growth.  

Obstacles to growth

Sadly, only a third of small businesses survive more than 10 years, according to the US Small Business Administration (SBA). They fail for a number of reasons, including:

 

  •  A lack of planning

 

Too many small business owners create a business plan to get start-up funding then never refer to it again. By comparison, the owners of growing, thriving companies develop strategies to achieve the objectives they’ve detailed in their business plan, according to Paul Vennard, Regional Director of the FD Centre. 

They then use their business plan as a benchmark by which they can measure progress towards their goals on a monthly, weekly and even, a day to day basis. 

For instance, they can see how close they are to achieve a percentage increase in profit margins. 

They can also use the business plan to develop systems and processes that will help make the company more efficient and more likely to survive and achieve its long term objectives.

 

  • Lack of skilled people

 

To expand your business you need people with the right skills and knowledge to deliver your products and services, says Vennard.

But a 2018 global talent shortage survey by the Manpower Group showed that 45% of companies struggle to find people with the right skills to fill open positions. Those unfulfilled roles pose a threat to a company’s productivity, efficiency, and future growth.

 

  • Lack of expert advice

 

Businesses can fail to achieve their growth projections simply because their owners and management team didn’t have access to people with expertise. Quite often, business owners are not even aware they can get help from people who have experience in growing companies. For instance, the FD Centre offers part-time Finance Directors who have all had big business experience. They can guide SME owners and help them overcome obstacles to growth.

 

  • Inadequate risk management

 

Poor risk management, that is a failure to identify, assess and control the internal and external threats to the company’s capital and earnings, can result in workplace accidents, failed projects, computer security breaches, loss of contracts, higher costs, legal action and, in the very worst cases, closure.

 

  • Poor financial management

 

Quite often the CEOs of small companies lack sophisticated financial knowledge. Poor financial management can lead to inadequate controls, high overheads, and overly optimistic financial forecasts. Some business owners can be unaware of the impact that rapid growth can have on cash flow and come unstuck. 

 

  • Little market research and poor marketing efforts

 

Inadequate market research can have disastrous consequences for any company. Your company could expend time and energy trying to sell to an audience that is not interested or can’t afford to buy your products or services, for instance.

Similarly, your company could miss opportunities such as joint ventures or expansion possibilities. It could also overlook threats such as new market entrants or changing consumer tastes.  

You need to have realistic expectations of your marketing’s reach and likely sales conversion ratio. 

Even when your market research is adequate, your company still needs strong marketing to ensure your target audience is aware of your products and services. You need to have the capacity to send the right message to the right people at the right time.

Lack of funding

Your company’s growth might plateau due to a lack of growth funding. This is particularly the case if your company is past the start-up phase, and if you don’t have further assets to borrow against. 

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How to Grow A Company Successfully?

How to Grow A Company Successfully?

If you want to grow your business successfully, then you need to get the basics right. That’s things like your mindset, your long-term objectives, strategies, and the team you’ll employ to help you achieve your goals. In this article, we’ll delve into the tips on how to grow a company successfully.

To build your business, you also need to develop a system to attract and retain high-quality customers.

For that to happen, you must understand your customers’ needs and pain points. What burning needs do they have? What keeps them from falling asleep at night? 

Your customers must believe that your products or services will meet their needs or overcome their challenges.

Have the right mindset

One of the things that determine a business’ success is the business owner’s thinking. If the business owner has a clear vision of how the company should develop, it is highly likely that the company will also go in the same direction.

Set your objectives and develop growth strategies

how to grow your company successfullyYour goals for your business will provide an overall framework for everyone to follow. The strategies you’ll use to achieve those objectives should serve as a roadmap. It will help you to build a structure and bring a focus to decision making.

Once you’ve translated your goals into strategies, you can develop systems and processes that will help with the smooth running of the business.

Many businesses fail in the execution of their strategy. Don’t be afraid. It’s better to execute a mediocre plan correctly than it is to execute a perfect plan poorly.

Hire top-performing talent

A successful business depends on top-performing talent. That is hard-working, determined people whose goals are aligned with the organisation’s goals.

The more your organisation is seen to trust employees with responsibility and to invest in their career development, the more likely it is to attract and retain top performers.

Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group, says, “There is little point recruiting great people if you don’t then give them the autonomy to take their role and run with it.

 “It also frees you up as the founder to focus less on the day-to-day activities and more on the over-arching objectives laid out in your 10-year roadmap.”

But rather than rush to hire people as you scale up, consider outsourcing tasks and using freelancers or temps. This could save you from hiring the wrong people and facing costly turnover.

Attracting and retaining customers

Many business owners make the mistake of focusing their entire sales and marketing efforts and budget on attracting new customers. They often overlook the needs of their existing customers.

They forget that it’s cheaper and takes less effort to get more orders (and bigger orders) from existing customers than it does to convert leads into new customers.

Ignoring your existing customers is a huge mistake. People don’t like to feel as if businesses take them for granted once they’ve placed an order. If they feel neglected, they’re likely to move to another company.

They are also highly likely to take to social media to vent their frustrations if your business doesn’t provide great customer service. This could mean bad word-of-mouth advertising on a massive scale. 

People expect excellent customer service in every interaction they have with your company whether that’s face-to-face, by letter, email, phone call, text, or via the website.

It doesn’t matter if you run a small business or a large corporation. Your company must deliver an exceptional customer service experience.

Don’t sacrifice sustainability for growth

Rapid growth might be desirable, but your company must be able to cope with its effects. For instance, can your company meet a sudden influx of orders? What impact would that have on your cash flow? There are dangers in scaling up your business too fast. They include:

  •         Hiring the wrong people
  •         Losing track of your finances
  •         Management mistakes
  •         Not maintaining customer service
  •         Ineffective business operations
  •         Technology problems
  •         Cash flow mistakes

 Get in contact with us today so we can book in a consultation meeting with one of our dedicated Regional Directors, to show how we can help the growth of your company.

 

Merger and Acquisition Strategies for Rapid Growth

Merger and Acquisition Strategies for Rapid Growth

If you want your company to enjoy fast, explosive growth, then consider merging with or buying a target company.

If you use the right merger and acquisition strategies your company could gain many competitive advantages and transform from a scale-up to a large firm.

It could also benefit from new technologies or skill sets, increased output, and more fixed assets. It could achieve an increased market share like Disney achieved with its $71.3 billion merger with 20th Century Fox in early 2019. The merger meant Disney boosted its domination of cinema with the newly merged company commanding 35% of the industry.

Your company could enter or expand into other markets or territories by merging with or acquiring a company that already has a strong presence there.

Acquiring firms can get substantial cost or revenue synergies from the merger or acquisition. For example, the company could benefit from the increased buying and negotiating power it has, thanks to the merger or acquisition.

It could achieve vertical integration, with potential cost and efficiency savings. Some of the business units within the merged firm could be consolidated.

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A successful merger or acquisition could mean that your company could raise prices, sell more products or services, and even change market dynamics.

With an expanded business, you could benefit from internal economies of scale. Your business could get access to raw materials or gain control of your supply chain.

Your business could achieve a virtual monopoly in your market through horizontal integration. That is, acquiring or merging with a company that is on the same level in the production supply chain as your own.

A successful M&A in another country could provide substantial tax benefits too. Many governments offer substantial tax benefits to companies that merge with or acquire local companies.

All of this can be achieved in the short term rather than the years it might take if you rely solely on organic growth.

However, before you start looking for target companies, it’s essential to undertake strategic planning. You and your Board of Directors need to consider your company’s goals, resource allocation, business portfolio, and plans for growth.

You can then better decide if merging with or buying another business fits with your company’s strategy and goals.
It’s far better to do this early on rather than after you’ve acquired companies.

Raising finance to fund the merger or acquisition

If you decide that a merger or acquisition will fit with your goals, then you’ll need to consider how to finance your merger and acquisition (M&A) deals.

Borrowing from third party lenders makes an acquisition or merger possible for growing SMEs. There are of course other ways to finance a merger or an acquisition. They include exchanging stocks, taking on debt, issuing an IPO, using cash, and issuing bonds. Some of these might not be feasible for SMEs.

Banks are still the main source of primary loans, but there are several alternatives to consider. They include direct lending funds and private placement markets.

You can use debt capital, equity capital, mezzanine capital, or convertible debt to complete your merger or acquisition.

The benefit of using debt capital in which you borrow against any debt-free assets is that you won’t have to give up equity in your company.

With equity capital, you sell a portion of the equity you own in your company. Private equity groups will offer to fund you in return for a stake in your company.

You could consider applying for a private placement loan. With that, you sell shares in your company to a select group of investors. The advantage of a private placement loan is that it can be a cheaper and quicker process than a public share offering. It is less regulated too.

The benefit of getting an asset-backed loan from a direct lending fund is that the fund manager may offer a more flexible deal structure than a bank. You will also keep control of your business.

Mezzanine capital is a hybrid of debt and equity capital. Lenders will look at your cash flow and your company’s future growth rather than its assets.

If your company is classified as high risk and you’re unable to get credit, you could raise funds through convertible debt. A creditor will loan you the money in return for a mix of equity in your company and debt-free assets.

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Use experts

Many financial and legal factors need to be considered before merging or acquiring a business. Mergers and acquisitions require analysis of the following:

  • Market opportunity
  • Company resources
  • Company’s liquidity (to ensure it can make and sustain the investment
  • Statutory and regulatory restrictions (especially linked to competition)
  • The speed of the process
  • Impact on customers (especially if the M&A results in market domination and a price hike)

In the medium and long term, the success of the operation depends on three things:

  • The size and global scope of the resulting business
  • The capacity of the management team
  • The integration of strategic and operational functions.

It’s crucial that you understand the market your target company is in, identify entry barriers, and evaluate its potential for growth.

Your due diligence should include the company’s intellectual property, its contracts, balance sheet, management, staff, benefits packages, property, leases, and stock.

That’s why a successful merger or acquisition relies on the help of external M&A advisors who have expertise in this area. They can carry out due diligence, provide advice, and even negotiate on your behalf. They can also save you from making a costly mistake.

Many mergers and acquisitions fail due to factors like poor research of the target company and due diligence being carried out by buyers who have no experience in M&A transactions.

They can also suffer from too much focus on post-merger cost-cutting rather than growth, as was the case with the merged Kraft Heinz.

A mismatch of cultures or even IT systems and other technology can also result in M&A failure. This was the case when the German car manufacturer Daimler Benz bought the American Chrysler car company for $36 billion in 1998.

While the German company catered to an affluent market, Chrysler offered its cars at competitive prices.

The union didn’t work and in 2007, Daimler Benz sold Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management for $650 million.

That’s why it is so vital to use advisors who are well-versed in M&As. They’re likely to be doing M&A deals on a day to day basis.

So, if you want your company to grow dramatically, acquire new customers, and enjoy a sustainable competitive advantage, start looking for target firms that are ripe for acquisition or a merger. But talk to the M&A experts at the FD Centre first. Call 0800 169 1499 now.