Strategy First… and Second… and Third

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal had an article about how poorly large private equity deals have performed.   No wonder.  What value do they bring to the company?  Stripping off and selling key assets, re- re-leveraging the balance sheet.   How does this financial engineering grow or improve a company?

Well, maybe some financial discipline is needed.  But I stand by my philosophy of Strategy First – why are you buying the company in the first place and what are you going to do with it?  Seems to me with all these poorly performing PE deals, it is time for strategic companies to step in, buy them back and grow them.