It wasn't that long ago that newspapers were the number one source of current events on the local, national, and international level. Yet, as the Internet grew and this information became more widely available, more and more newspapers went out of business. In fact, nearly 2,000 local newspapers have disappeared since 2004, leading to about a 25% drop in newsroom employment.
There are a number of ways that a business can grow. One way is to engage in more aggressive and targeted marketing campaigns. Another way is to increase spending in development of new products and services. Expanding operations to other locations and increasing one's online presence can help spur growth, too.
There are a number of ways that businesses can expand their operations. Amongst these options are mergers and acquisitions. These business tactics can be beneficial not only for a business that is looking to reduce costs and expand operations, but also for those businesses that are looking to consolidate or exit the market with significant profits in their pockets.
Mergers can be a great way to further business's interests by increasing their market share, broadening their services, allowing them to enter new markets, and reducing costs. The process can be enormously complex, though, even when the businesses involved in a merger are relatively small.
There are a number of factors that can help determine if an acquisition is in a business's best interests. The expansion of client base, new market access, and reduction of costs can all spur the takeover of a business.
On its face, a business acquisition seems relatively straightforward. One business essentially decides to buy another for the purpose of expanding its business operations and/or reducing costs. Yet, the process can be much more challenging.
Bank mergers seem to be a trending event across the nation, and Louisiana is no different. In this respect, MidSouth Bank and Hancock Whitney recently announced that they will be merging. The deal is more like an acquisition, though the parties involved are referring to it as a bank merger, as Hancock and Whitney will be assuming all of MidSouth's assets. Once the deal is complete, which is expected to occur later this year, Hancock Whitney is expected to have an additional $1.9 billion in asset, nearly $1 billion in loans, approximately $1.4 billion in deposits.
Mergers and acquisitions are a great way to expand a business and increase profitability. Buying another business or merging with it can reduce costs and expand client base. Of course, there's also some risk involved with each of these processes.
Businesses in the Baton Rouge area are constantly looking for ways to grow. In many instances this is the best way to increase profits. Simply opening up new locations is one way to go about expanding, but another option is to engage in mergers and acquisitions. By doing so, a business can broaden its consumer base, reduce costs and even solidify supply chains.
Recently on this blog we discussed the forecast of bank mergers and acquisitions right here in Baton Rouge. Experts suspect that smaller banks will continue to combine their forces to reduce costs and expand client bases. To see just how powerful a merger or acquisition can be, one need only look at the plan two regional banks have in mind that, if enacted, could make it one of the biggest banks in the country.