Benefits of Project-Based Post-Merger Integration Support 

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When improperly managed, the post-merger integration process can consume an organization’s time and resources, impeding their ability to drive successful transformations and growth. 

In order to avoid integration complexities and pave the way for a successful deal, it can often be more impactful to turn to project-based post-merger integration support. 

What is Project-Based Post-Merger Integration Support? 

Project-based post-merger integration is the process of identifying synergies across people, processes, and systems to drive the successful combination of two separate entities after a deal goes through – but done on a predetermined project basis by an external consultant instead of internal employees or teams. 

Benefits of Project-Based Post-Merger Integration Support 

Provides access to specialized post-merger integration expertise and an objective perspective 

Due to the complex nature of strategic transformations, the post-merger integration process often leads to timeline delays, misinformed decision-making, and the potential to overload current employees.  

By working closely with the company to identify unique needs, goals, and pain points, the project-based post-merger integration process ensures a company receives tailored support exactly where needed, empowering them to overcome resource and knowledge gaps while setting the stage for a successful deal. 

In addition, relying solely on the opinions of current employees who often bring their own biases into the equation can cause friction when attempting to identify synergies and carve a new path forward. While these opinions are certainly valuable and should be taken into consideration, it can be more effective to turn to an outside perspective to guide the integration in the right direction.  

Project-based post-merger integration consultants are industry experts who have proven expertise in driving post-merger integration efficiency for countless other companies and can provide an objective view of what needs to be done to successfully integrate two entities.  

Limits interruptions to operations and fosters efficiency 

Oftentimes, the post-merger integration process distracts from the core of the business, causing interruptions to operations and leaving employees feeling unsupported and disorganized. 

Project-based post-merger integration limits interruptions to day-to-day operations and reduces downtime by ensuring the development of detailed integration roadmap to ensure key project milestones are met, providing access to experienced change management professionals, and streamlining communication and collaboration across teams. 

For more information on how to develop a successful post-merger integration roadmap, watch our on-demand webinar: M&A Playbook for Post-Acquisition Success

Project-based post-merger integration support also helps ensure that the integration is completed as effectively as possible, reducing downtime via proper resource allocation, and fostering alignment across people, processes, and systems. 

Enhances the finance function and ensures technology systems are in line ahead of time 

Whether due to misconfigured systems, redundant processes, or an inability to access historical financial data, some of the main causes of post-merger integration delays stem from both the finance function and technology environment.  

Depending on the company’s unique needs and situation, project-based post-merger integration support helps establish effective financial and technology systems by: 

  • Ensuring transactional recording and monthly accounting and closing processes are aligned. 
  • Consolidating monthly, quarterly, and period reporting processes and eliminating redundancies. 
  • Creating new budgets and forecasts for the combined entities. 
  • Conducting operational and financial analyses for the new combined entity. 
  • Ensuring data flow is unimpeded through company financial systems. 
  • Integrating and optimizing financial systems for maximum efficiency. 

Provides a cost-effective approach to growth and scale 

Rather than building out a team of integration specialists or pulling current employees away from their day-to-day responsibilities, the project-based post-merger integration process provides a more cost-effective approach to growth and scale.  

Instead of hiring a full-time employee (or several) and getting them all caught up to speed, companies will hit the ground running with access to a team of industry experts – and often at a fraction of the cost. 

Final Thoughts on the Benefits of Project-Based Post-Merger Integration Support 

Fostering collaboration after a deal goes through is no easy feat — especially as you juggle the day-to-day operations of your business. 

In order to reduce the complexity of the post-merger integration process and ensure as little interruptions to business as possible, it can often be more beneficial to turn to a project-based post-merger integration consultant for guidance. 

DLC is here to help your company invest in the integration process in the right ways, at the right time, and with the right people. This way, you can rest easy knowing that merger-related disorganization won’t become some other company’s competitive advantage.