WoodMac: Acquisitions drive value creation, loss

01/12/2004
Acquisitions remain an important driver for growth for most upstream companies, especially if these companies have failed to meet market-anticipated production goals. But acquisitions don't always create value—strategies must be employed to ensure the creation of value, according to Edinburgh-based consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd. in the recently released report, "Value creation through acquisitions."The report is a sequel to a study WoodMac released last February on creating value through exploration.In the megamergers of the late 1990s, for example, many companies sought to add value through acquisitions, both by replacing reserves and by reducing costs."For some companies the n...
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