The majority of respondents plan to use company funds to make acquisitions (56 percent, compared to 54 percent in 2008’s survey), though company stock is another popular way to finance acquisitions (23 percent). As a result of the worldwide financial crisis, the use of institutions — such as private equity and bank financing — has fallen sharply. Last year, 27 percent of respondents indicated an interest in working with private equity partners, with 8 percent listing banks as a financing source. This year, they garnered only 3 percent and 5 percent, respectively.
October 26th, 2009
Posted at 12:27 AM ET
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