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Merging Management Reporting After An Acquisition

 

"What would you suggest for improving financial reporting after a merger of businesses with different reporting standards/culture?"

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Randall Bolten
Title: CEO
Company: Lucidity
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(CEO, Lucidity) |

THIS IS A QUESTION WHERE I HOPE PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD A RECENT EXPERIENCE IN THIS AREA MIGHT CONTRIBUTE TO THE DISCUSSION.

Uniting and coordinating report production are a critical part of the process of integrating business segments after a merger. I’d strongly encourage you to see this as an opportunity to improve the overall quality of reporting. The odds are that every participating entity is doing something worth incorporating – and incorporating at least a few things from everyone’s old approach to reporting may help cement relationships throughout the organization. It may also be an opportunity to change things in the way you report that you know weren’t working well, but hadn’t done anything about just because of inertia -- view the merger as a "triggering event."

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Dana Price
Title: Vice President, M&A
Company: McGraw Hill Education
(Vice President, M&A, McGraw Hill Education) |

Depends upon who your ultimate reader is and with a merger, has the audience changed? You may have to have local/statutory reporting which could be different from management reporting, which could be different from consolidated reporting. Take best practices and regulatory requirements into effect. And most important, don't forget to measure the merger against your original model of the deal, since we know more than 60% of deals fail.

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