Is M&A Only For The Enterprise?

March 7, 2024
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Is M&A Only For The Enterprise? Short Answer - No

While large M&A deals dominate the headlines, M&A sounds as if it’s a battle where Goliaths drive all the chips. We hear about the large enterprise buyer acquiring a smaller one - Microsoft acquiring LinkedIn or Elon Musk buying out Twitter. M&A is understood to be a domain of elite Bankers cutting deals of millions and billions of dollars - an activity that may seem out of reach for smaller companies. Is it really so?

Challenges and Considerations for M&A

Industry research suggests the costs of M&A activities from the buyer's viewpoint work out to a hefty sum; making it the turf to large enterprises with investment banking support. We can break down the costs into five categories:  as mentioned in Fig.1.

Cost Drivers for M&A (from a Buyer Perspective)

Putting aside the question of resource allocation, the cost drivers tend to be a large number - making the whole activity of M&A search and execution in the realm of enterprises. Unless the ticket size is substantial, this structure and cost become infeasible to justify.

Mid-Sized M&A: A Strategic Growth Channel

Does it mean that smaller companies should not look at M&A as a growth channel?

Medium token-sized ($5-25m transactions for strategic investments) M&A deals can be the best path for mid-sized corporations to gather a unique set of market-tested [people + clients + intellectual property] - which is difficult or time-consuming to develop organically. Such deals can very quickly enable midsize companies to look for revenue growth in new markets (geographies) or expand product offerings and talent acquisition through team integration. The only caveat - the cost drivers need to be pared down and made on-demand.

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Wrapping Up

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