China’s companies are expanding overseas. And they’re increasingly doing so through mergers and acquisitions.
President Xi Jinping predicted in September that Chinese companies would splurge $1.25 trillion on overseas assets in the coming decade.
But the nation’s companies have not had the best track record in MA. State-owned enterprises, notably, have been big offshore buyers of resources assets, and they have often spent heavily and then struggled to make the deals work.
So China’s new generation of asset-hungry companies need to pursue smarter acquisition strategies if they are to take full advantage of their buying power.