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Divestiture survey report 2013

Sharpening your strategy


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As the U.S. economy strengthens, divestitures are becoming more a matter of strategy than survival. During the challenging economic conditions of the last few years, many divestitures were driven by the need to reinforce balance sheets, raise capital, and improve financial positions. While the ups and downs of the economy and market conditions will likely still play a big role in decision-making, divesting is becoming an important tool for implementing corporate strategic goals and making a statement in the marketplace.

With this heightened strategy comes a wave of tactical considerations to contemplate as you consider the important question: to divest or not to divest? And if yes, how to divest and to whom?

Using divestitures to advance corporate strategy demands careful financial analysis to prepare a deal for market, a clear communication strategy for disseminating divestiture plans to stakeholder groups, and a recognition of the need to be sensitive to employee morale during the process.

Deloitte surveyed nearly 150 executives regularly involved in divestitures to assess the past experience of their companies, their outlook for the future, and the challenges they face.  

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