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Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Originally published in: 2008
Version: 20 August 2008

Abstract

In 2006, Citect Corporation, a publicly traded Australian software company, was the target of a takeover battle between a financial sponsor and a strategic buyer. Thoma Bravo, the US-based private equity firm, had to decide on its acquisition strategy in the face of competition from Schneider Electric, a large French multinational. The case allows for a thorough analysis of buyer types (financial vs strategic), deal strategy and valuation. Among other topics covered in the case are the importance of due diligence, the potential for value creation by private equity firms through operational improvements, the use of footholds in deal strategy and the challenges of cross-border acquisitions.
Location:
Size:
AUD68 million (US UD50 million)
Other setting(s):
2006

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Abstract

In 2006, Citect Corporation, a publicly traded Australian software company, was the target of a takeover battle between a financial sponsor and a strategic buyer. Thoma Bravo, the US-based private equity firm, had to decide on its acquisition strategy in the face of competition from Schneider Electric, a large French multinational. The case allows for a thorough analysis of buyer types (financial vs strategic), deal strategy and valuation. Among other topics covered in the case are the importance of due diligence, the potential for value creation by private equity firms through operational improvements, the use of footholds in deal strategy and the challenges of cross-border acquisitions.

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Location:
Size:
AUD68 million (US UD50 million)
Other setting(s):
2006

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