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The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) group in investment banking provides advisory services on either sell-side or buy-side transactions.
Sell-Side M&A → The client advised by the bankers is the company (or owner of the company) is seeking a partial or complete sale.
Buy-Side M&A → The client advised by the bankers is the buyer interested in purchasing a company or part of a company, such as acquiring the division of a company undergoing a divestiture.
But irrespective of which side the represented client is on, the proper understanding of the mechanics of building a merger model is a critical part of the job.
Specifically, the underlying purpose of the merger model is to perform accretion / (dilution) analysis, which determines the anticipated impact of an acquisition on the earnings per share (EPS) of the acquirer upon transaction-close.
In M&A transactions, “accretion” refers to an increase in the pro forma EPS post-deal, whereas “dilution” indicates a decline in EPS after transaction-close.