Summary of The Real Deal on M&A, Synergies, and Value

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Although the term “synergy” often describes the rationale behind mergers and acquisitions, the metrics that define it remain elusive. In this illuminating study, Boston Consulting Group professionals gathered evidence to investigate the relationships between acquirer behaviors and M&A outcomes 12 to 18 months after a transaction. Perhaps not surprisingly, the research found that success inevitably lies in management discipline. getAbstract recommends this instructive study to CEOs and others involved in the M&A decision-making process.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What evidence can point to the success of mergers and acquisitions, and
  • What successful companies do to maximize shareholder value in M&A.

About the Authors

Decker Walker et al. are professionals with the Boston Consulting Group.



In 2016, researchers studied 286 M&A transactions conducted by public companies between 2010 and the end of 2015, in which an acquirer paid at least $500 million for a target, a sum representing more than 30% of the buyer’s market capitalization. The analysis sought to bring the idea of M&A ...

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