Turnarounds and Crisis Management
As a contrast to restructuring projects (being dominated by balance sheet redesign including changes in ownership and financing structure), turnarounds focus on operational redesign: cash generation, cost reductions and profit improvement, reorganization, refinancing and strategic redirection. Handling an immediate liquidity crisis in a high-risk situation is a typical starting point.
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Turnarounds are also characterized by the necessity of quickly building trust among a larger (than for a typical restructuring) set of key constituencies, including employees and labor unions (in addition to owners, creditors and banks/corporate lenders).
Turnarounds Have Two Sets of AgendasTurnarounds usually have a double agenda: Handling a short-term liquidity crisis and cost reductions without significant impacts on strategy and structure, while dealing with a deeper set of priorities. This second agenda can involve irreversible changes to corporate design, product offerings, factory structure and core business units. The deeper agenda is actually a restructuring, but one with clear operational characteristics (for example, through the redesign of a sales or manufacturing organization).
A Turnaround Represents Irreversible Change - Requiring Consistency
The below illustration shows a 10-step model for managing a turnaround situation.
As the restructuring part of a turnaround normally represents an irreversible change of strategy, a critical skill of the turnaround team is the ability to set the business on the "right track" in order to ensure consistency between the short-term focus and the building of long-term corporate value (see strategy).
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Synergies and Poor Judgment, on
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Developing High Quality Business Models; on
Equity Based Financing of Start-ups, and on
M&A Process Management.
See Download Center: White Paper #1: Post-Merger Integrations - About Synergies and Poor Judgment; White Paper #3: Strategy and Implementation - and the Lack of Results; White Paper #5: Buy-Side M&A (mergers and acquisitions); White Paper #6: Sell-Side M&A (divestitures, trade-sales and mergers); or White Paper #7: Should You Choose Financial or Industrial Investors/Owners?; White Paper #8: Equity Based Financing of Start-ups and High Growth Situations; or White Paper #9: A 15 Step Recipe for Developing Your High-Quality Business Model.