When a CEO combines his ego and willingness to put precious capital on the line to grow his company bigger, faster, it can create disaster for investors.
All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” ~ Blaise Pascal
You must have heard the fairy tale where a spoiled princess reluctantly befriends a toad, who magically transforms into a handsome prince triggered by the princess kissing it.
Well, those were the older times. Today’s capitalistic society has been witness to a large number of spoiled princesses trying the same trick on a large number of toads, only to realize that the tale of them turning into princes they had heard of was just that…a fairy tale.
If you are confused why I am writing about the tale of the toad and princess, let me get straight to the point now.
If there’s one quick way a lot of companies and their CEOs have destroyed a lot of shareholders’ wealth in the past, it is through mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
So in the world of M&A, the spoiled princess is the company that is looking to acquire another company, and the toad is that other company that’s waiting to be acquired.
Now, despite 50 years of evidence demonstrating that most acquisitions don’t create value for the acquiring company’s shareholders, corporate managers continue to make more deals, and bigger deals, every year.
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