Bain briefs and books

  • How Media Companies Can Use M&A to Expand Multiples

    August 14, 2017 | Bain Brief

    While more companies are turning to M&A and reaping benefits, few have been able to expand multiples in the process. We offer three approaches that allow companies to use M&A as an opportunity to make fundamental changes that will help them expand multiples.

  • Everybody Wins in Divestitures

    June 15, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Companies that regularly prune their portfolio and take an active hand at preparing assets for sale outperform inactives by 40%.

  • The Changing Rules for Digital M&A

    February 10, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Companies are turning to M&A to get ahead of digital disruption in their industries. Winners know they need to alter their approach.

  • Maximizing Your Merger's Potential

    February 10, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Companies are using merger integration as a catalyst for achieving the full potential for both companies’ operations. But the path to success isn’t the same for every company.

  • Rethinking M&A Valuation Assumptions

    October 07, 2015 | Mergers & Acquisitions | Bain Brief

    Despite growing deal activity, many potential buyers remain on the sidelines and risk getting caught in a no-growth trap: cautiously holding on to cash or returning it to shareholders through dividends and buybacks. By reassessing internal hurdle rates, companies can unlock new opportunities for

  • Agitators and Reformers: How to Respond to Activist Investors

    June 10, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Someday soon, an activist investor is likely to show up on your corporate doorstep. You can turn this engagement to your company’s advantage—provided that you have done the necessary advance preparation.

  • Breaking Out of the No-Growth Trap

    December 10, 2014 | Bain Brief

    Companies that return cash to investors through buybacks or dividends often miss out on growth. A more fruitful approach: analyze the factors that determine total return to shareholders and be sure you have the right investor base.

  • Generation #Hashtag: A New Wave of Content in the Age of Digital Natives

    November 06, 2014 | Bain report

    Media companies will need to adapt to create and deliver the native digital content that a growing audience prefers.

  • New Paths to Value Creation in Pharma

    September 24, 2014 | Bain Brief

    In a changing industry, survival increasingly depends on category leadership and distinctive business capabilities.

  • Why Some Merging Companies Become Synergy Overachievers

    August 13, 2014 | Bain Brief

    About 70% of merging companies overestimate synergies according to new Bain & Company analysis comparing deal announcements with the performance of 31,000 companies. They typically don’t know the level of synergies they can expect by getting bigger. Rare companies become synergy overachievers. They