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Valuation in Acquisition Analysis

Valuation should play a central part of acquisition analysis. The bidding firm or

individual has to decide on a fair value for the target firm before making a bid, and the

target firm has to determine a reasonable value for itself before deciding to accept or reject

the offer.

There are also special factors to consider in takeover valuation. First, the effects of

synergy on the combined value of the two firms (target plus bidding firm) have to be

considered before a decision is made on the bid. Those who suggest that synergy is

impossible to value and should not be considered in quantitative terms are wrong. Second,

the effects on value, of changing management and restructuring the target firm, will have to

be taken into account in deciding on a fair price. This is of particular concern in hostile


Finally, there is a significant problem with bias in takeover valuations. Target

firms may be over-optimistic in estimating value, especially when the takeover is hostile,

and they are trying to convince their stockholders that the offer price is too low.

Similarly, if the bidding firm has decided, for strategic reasons, to do an acquisition, there

may be strong pressure on the analyst to come up with an estimate of value that backs up

the acquisition.

hi shyamali,
i am an MBA student,currently working on the project of "Acquisition & Merger".Main objective of my project is to compare organic growth and Acquired(inorganic )growth" in banking sector through employee,employer as well customer survey.Can you please share some knowledge regarding A&M in banking sector?
i except positive reply from you.

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