"Corum gained a true understanding of our company and then went out and found the right type of potential buyers, companies that we would have never found on our own. Once a suitable buyer was established, Corum guided us carefully through the complex M&A process. Ultimately, Corum helped us to not only achieve our financial goals, but to exceed them. "
EMC's Acquisition of Data Domain
Market Spotlight Report: "Bucking the Trend Secrets to a Successful Strategic Acquisition"
To fatigued investors, bankers and analysts, we offer this cure for the recession hangover: a multi-billion dollar return to EMC investors over the next 5 years, based solely on the success of the Data Domain acquisition.
Our view on the Data Domain transaction, based on our financial analysis and discussions with industry sources, concludes that the Data Domain acquisition is a runaway success that offers 3 important lessons for tech M&A. First, that the most successful acquisitions are either market-cycle agnostic or counter-cyclical; second, that they are driven by a highly focused investment thesis (which, not trivially, needs to be sound); and third, that execution and integration are the most important ingredients for success.