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CFO Insights — How digital tools are helping unlock M&A value

Published on: Jan 25, 2018

Companies pursue mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a way to drive value, but, for a variety of reasons, the end result may not always meet expectations. However, given the expanding array of digital tools available to help address the M&A process, CFOs now have the opportunity to not only play a greater role in M&A strategy but also guide such efforts toward success.

CFOs, it seems, are already starting to deploy such tools as they take a more digital approach to deal making. The 2018 M&A trends report by Deloitte, for example, found that a majority of respondents (63 percent) use tools other than the trusty spreadsheet to address a variety of M&A-related tasks, including streamlining integration and reducing costs. Of those who are not using these new tools, 62 percent plan to tap into them in pursuit of the aforementioned benefits.

Why the apparent growing interest in digital M&A? As we head into 2018, the factors that have been driving M&A for the last few years — low interest rates, inexpensive financing, healthy balance sheets, and an economy that’s growing at less than 4 percent — remain intact. To win in this environment, CFOs may need to leverage tools that can help their companies gain advantages in speed, efficiency, and value creation.

This issue discusses how the expanding array of digital tools can be used at different stages of the M&A process.

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