70% to 90% of all acquisitions fail to achieve the results acquirers want. Why? Most often, failure is directly tied to the integration plan and frequently, to diligence that wasn’t quite as effective as it could be.
According to a 2015 industry study by McKinsey & Company, companies with the best M&A results have strong capabilities in post-close integration. As a consulting firm, we’ve found that high performing M&A firms use the diligence exercise to gain critical insight into the target company, its management, key employees, its culture, and its customer relationships. They take a hard look at not only the financial numbers, but at the intangible assets that drive a company’s success plan.