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Divestiture Survey Report 2013

Sharpening your strategy

Divestiture Survey Report 2013


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Uncertain economic outlook Strategic drivers Carve-out value Buyer trends Close the deal Plan now TSAs
Back on the market
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The results are in. And the findings are…

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 2013 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.

Divestiture survey report 2013

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.  

While some findings were consistent with the results of Deloitte’s 2010 survey, we did notice the emergence of some new, noteworthy themes:

Focus more on strategic, rather than financial, considerations

Many companies are increasingly realizing that divestitures need to become part of their core strategy rather than simply a way to improve finances.

Be a prepared seller

Careful preparation, including approaching the sale from the buyer's perspective, is important to increasing transaction value and reducing time-to-close.

Don’t neglect people issues 

Keeping employees motivated and providing clear line-of-sight into the divestiture strategy is critical to retaining and mobilizing talent around executing the transaction.

Consider cross-border deals 

U.S. companies have historically preferred selling to domestic buyers, but a global perspective can result in more bidders and higher value.

Learn to manage TSAs/stranded costs 

Transaction Service Agreements (TSAs) are viewed as a necessary evil by many companies, but they can be used as a strategy to close deals.

We invite you to explore the findings in the report above, meet our authors below, and learn more about our divestiture experience and insights from the material on the right.

Divestitures: Dig deeper


U.K. Divestment Survey 2012
Is breaking up hard to do?


U.S. Divestiture Survey 2011
Carve-out trends and leading practices.


Corporate Development 2012
Driving value through separations and divestitures.


Sell-side considerations
Middle-market company transactions.


Merger & Acquisitions (M&A)
Driving value across the deal life cycle.


Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC
Leader in global middle market investment banking.


Learn more about the authors by clicking on their names below, to read their bio.

Ellen Clark, managing director, Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC
Anna Lea Doyle Anna Lea Doyle, pricipal, Merger and Acquisition Services, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Andrew (Andy) Wilson, partner, Merger and Acquisitions Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Bob Coury, managing director, Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC
Jeff Weirens, principal, Merger and Acquisition Services, Deloitte Consulting LLP  

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