Focus on growth vs. costs key to oil company merger success

Global merger activity is at an historical high, despite the fact that most mergers fail to deliver superior returns to shareholders. This holds true for the oil and gas industry, which also has recently experienced intense acquisition and industry consolidation activity prompted by cost-reduction strategies. Although these consolidated firms have a cost advantage that enables them to outperform their peers, the overemphasis on cost reduction has distracted them and impeded their ability to deliver top-line growth. As a result, they have not realized the uplift that firms in other industries have experienced. Record global mergers Click here to enlarge imageGlobal merger transaction vol...

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