Acquisitions are exciting and fun to be part of but they are not great value creators and in this sessions, I tried to look at some of the reasons. While the mechanical reasons, using the wrong discount rate or valuing synergy & control right, are relatively easy to fix, the underlying problems of hubris, ego and over confidence are much more difficult to navigate. There are ways to succeed, though, and that is to go where the odds are best: small targets, preferably privately held or subsidiaries of public companies, with cost cutting as your primary synergy benefit. If you get a chance, take a look at a big M&A deal and see if you can break it down into its components. I did get briefly into the InBev/SABMiller merger in class but if you want something more extensive, I am going to offer you the blog post that I did on it when it happened:
http://aswathdamodaran.blogspot.com/2015/10/winning-at-losers-game-control-synergy.html
If you look towards the bottom on the post, you will see a YouTube video on the merger.
https://youtu.be/WAiPxHFFHOQ

Whole class test: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/pdfiles/eqnotes/testss/acqanontests.pdf
Slides: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/podcasts/valspr19/session24slides.pdf
Post Class Test: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/pdfiles/eqnotes/postclass/session24test.pdf
Post Class Test Solution: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/pdfiles/eqnotes/postclass/session24soln.pdf

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