How to Assess the Headache Quotient of a Potential Acquisition

26 November 2012 Written by 

The acquisition success statistics are dismal, with about 50% deemed unsuccessful.  The findings—neatly summarized in a Federal Trade Commission paper—are troubling news for mid-market firms who cannot afford the losses and headaches, which stem from unsuccessful acquisitions.

But deal flow is on the rise.  KPMG’s U.S. Corporate Finance unit has seen M&A activity among mid-market companies rise about 25 percent year over year based on a July 2012 report.  Click here to read about the 12 critical areas for evaluation.

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