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Can divestitures be part of a strategy for high performance in the current economic environment? The combination of a drop in confidence, falling asset values and increased competition for buyers would indicate that divestiture is a risky move right now. Accenture research on the previous recession, however, reveals that companies that proactively identified and capitalized on opportunities to restructure their portfolios emerged in the strongest positions.
Divestitures enable high-performance businesses to tailor their portfolio of assets and raise capital for "sale priced" strategic acquisitions. In fact, challenging economic times such as these present a rare and limited window of opportunity for strong companies to accelerate their pursuit of high performance.
In this podcast, Andy Tinlin, global lead for Mergers & Acquisitions, Accenture Strategy, discusses divestiture strategies in a down market, explains how Accenture assists with divestitures, identifies key success factors and reviews implications for the seller, buyer and the relinquished entity.
Download Audio Podcast [MP3, 2.5MB] [Running time 11:17]
March 24, 2009
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