Marshall, Jeffrey
March 2001
Financial Executive;Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p26
Academic Journal
This article examines whether or not mergers are a sound business decision. According to the author, three out of four mergers will fail yet they continue to occur regularly. Some mergers are poorly conceived and simply a bad match, others are carried out badly, turning what may have been profitable into a disaster such as the one between WorldCom and MCI. A decline in the economy and new rules by the Financial Accounting Standards Board has slowed the rate of mergers but Ray Beier of PriceWaterhouseCoopers doesn't believe mergers will stop. INSETS: Daimler Hits Some Potholes;FASB Readies Grave For Pooling;Deal-making Don'ts.


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