Desire To Divest Hits New Heights Amid Hunt For Growth

By Chelsea Naso (January 29, 2016, 7:12 PM EST) -- A growing number of companies are eyeing divestitures as slowing organic growth, antitrust concerns and shareholder activists prompt more boards to take a closer look at their noncore assets, experts say.

A recent Ernst & Young LLP study found that 49 percent of companies are considering a divestiture within the next two years, a sharp jump from the 20 percent of companies in 2014 that indicated a divestiture was coming.

Underlying the uptick is the heightened push for portfolio review that stems from the hunt for inorganic growth, the need to clear competition hurdles following a record year of megadeals, and...

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