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Is It Time to Break Up?

In a growing economy, focused businesses can produce higher total shareholder returns than diversified companies.

April 12, 2011

Breaking up is hard to do — except when it boosts your share price. Companies such as Motorola, Sara Lee, Fortune Brands, and Expedia have recently reaped S&P 500-beating boosts by splitting themselves into pieces. Indeed, the plethora of spin-offs and "starbursts" during the past six months has many executives and directors wondering whether breaking up makes sense for their firms. Even companies like Cisco Systems are now pondering whether to undo the years of acquisitions that transformed them into diversified giants. Read more...

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