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Benefits of a Merger or Acquisition

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Cranfield School of Management

There are many good reasons for growing your business through an acquisition or merger. These include:

  1. Obtaining quality staff or additional skills, knowledge of your industry or sector and other business intelligence. For instance, a business with good management and process systems will be useful to a buyer who wants to improve their own. Ideally, the business you choose should have systems that complement your own and that will adapt to running a larger business.

  2. Accessing funds or valuable assets for new development. Better production or distribution facilities are often less expensive to buy than to build. Look for target businesses that are only marginally profitable and have large unused capacity which can be bought at a small premium to net asset value.

  3. Your business underperforming. For example, if you are struggling with regional or national growth it may well be less expensive to buy an existing business than to expand internally.

  4. Accessing a wider customer base and increasing your market share. Your target business may have distribution channels and systems you can use for your own offers.

Facts You Should Know About SelectUSA.gov

Blogged By: 
Angela Washington

SelectUSA ScreenshotSelectUSA seeks to highlight the many advantages the United States offers as a location for business and investment. From a vast domestic market, to a transparent legal system, to the most innovative companies in the world, America is the place for business.

Purpose: Client Resource, Business Assistance

What you should know?

  • SelectUSA was created at the federal level to showcase the U.S. as the world’s premier business location

Facts You Should Know About Export.gov

Blogged By: 
Angela Washington

Export.gov ScreenshotExport.gov is a tool created to assist U.S. business in accessing international markets by providing the resources necessary for export

Purpose: Client Resource, Business Assistance

What you should know?

  • Offers a wide range of current industry and trade information to help exporters of U.S goods and services find the information they need to compete successfully in overseas markets

Facts You Should Know About the International Trade Administration (ITA)

Blogged By: 
Angela Washington

Trade.gov Screen ShotThe International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.  ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad.  ITA supports President Obama’s recovery agenda and the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.

ITA is organized into four distinct but complementary business units:

U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service — Promotes U.S. exports, particularly by small and medium-sized enterprises, and provides commercial diplomacy support for U.S. business interests around the world.

Manufacturing and Services — Strengthens U.S. competitiveness abroad by helping shape industry-specific trade policy.

Guide to Doing Business in Vietnam

Blogged By: 
MBDA

Vietnam FlagVietnam is a true emerging market, offering ground floor and growing opportunities for U.S. exporters and investors. Vietnam’s economic growth rate has been among the highest in the world in recent years, expanding at an average about 7.2 percent per year during the period 2001-2010, while industrial production grew at an average of about 12 percent per year during the same period.

Vietnam registered GDP growth rate of 6.7 percent in 2010 and was one of only a handful of countries around the world to experience such levels of economic growth.

Moving forward, inflation remains a main risk to Vietnam’s economy, which the Government of Vietnam (GVN) is addressing by balancing growth targets with price stability measures. This challenge will not be easy to meet. Nevertheless, the GVN has confirmed its commitment to economic growth and is targeting 2011 GDP growth at 6.5 percent.

The momentum and direction generated by the entry into force of the U.S.–Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) in 2001 transformed the bilateral commercial relationship between the United States and Vietnam and accelerated Vietnam’s entry into the global economy with Vietnam joining the WTO in January of 2007. Since the BTA, bilateral trade has increased over six-fold from $2.9 billion in 2002 to $18.6 billion in 2010.

Did you know...

Between 2002 and 2007, minority-owned firms outpaced the growth of non-minority firms in gross receipts, employment, and number of firms. Minority firms are an engine of job creation.
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