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M&A Integration Report 2015

Putting the pieces together

The 2015 M&A Integration report focuses on the post-merger integration phase of the merger and acquisition life cycle, sharing the views of more than 800 executives.

The 2015 M&A Integration report focuses on the post-merger integration phase of the merger and acquisition life cycle, sharing the views of more than 800 executives. The report dives into what drives successes, what foils deals, and what companies can do to help ensure their deals are the successful ones. Additionally, the survey reveals findings and success factors around achieving synergies, integration readiness, organization, operating models and communication.

M&A Integration Report 2015: Putting the pieces together

The survey on M&A integration revealed several key points:

  • Almost 30 percent of respondents said that their integration fell short of success
  • When asked about synergies, almost 30 percent of respondents indicated that they exceeded synergy targets, while almost one in five (18 percent) said they fell short. An additional 10 percent weren’t sure if they met their targets
  • Respondents concurred on the key drivers for successful integration: executive leadership support, involvement of management from both sides, development of a project plan that often included creating a dedicated integration team, and communications
  • Ensuring a smooth transition from beginning of the merger—the day the deal closed and the combined entity became operational—correlated very highly with overall success.
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