What buyers want – the six ways to become an acquisition target
An in-depth study of nearly 34,000 global acquisitions has identified the common predictors that a company will become targeted by investors and trade buyers.
The report by the M&A Research Centre in London found that 12% of private companies become acquisition targets, compared to 4% of public companies.
- Private companies are more likely to become acquisition targets if they are fast-growing, with high profitability, high leverage and low liquidity.
- Public companies are more likely to become acquisition targets if they are small, fast-growing, with low profitability, low leverage, low liquidity and low valuations
- High leverage and larger size are the two most statistically significant predictors of a private company becoming an acquisition target
- Small size and low profitability are the two most statistically significant predictors of a public company becoming an acquisition target
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