Three Strategic Options for Managing Acquired Environmental Liabilities

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Three Strategic Options for Managing Acquired Environmental Liabilities

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Three Strategic Options for Managing Acquired Environmental Liabilities: Evaluating Through a Finance Lens

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 9:30am


As companies strive to remain competitive and profitable in today’s uncertain economy, asset transactions continue to play a leading role in their efforts to transform, adapt and re-invent themselves. A well-thought out and well-executed acquisition can bask even the most gloomy of balance sheets in sunshine by bringing rapid revenue growth, added geographic coverage, a complimentary value offering to customers or even entry to a more favorable space in a competitive market.  

Unfortunately, many of these acquisitions also harbor a “shady” spot or two that comes in the shape of legacy environmental liabilities. Acquiring liabilities is not entirely negative – typically this is an unavoidable part of getting the deal done, and many times it devalues the total asset asking price favorably for a buyer. However, what may be accepted as a little shade in an otherwise sunny deal can quickly become an unresolvable damp basement of doom, gloom and horror for a company through the mismanagement of the acquired environmental liabilities.

It is important to define and stick with a long-term strategy for effective environmental liability management and to understand the implications and true costs of the strategy selected. With that in mind, we've outlined the three strategic options usually considered when managing a portfolio of environmental liabilities.

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