Dilutive acquisitions clearly need justifying. There are a number of reasons why a company may be right to make a dilutive acquisition:
- An acquisition may boost growth through sales or cost synergies; it may be accretive in the long term
- The acquired business may deserve a higher PE if it is lower risk than the acquirer. It would therefore be dilutive, but nonetheless worth buying.
- The acquisition may have strategic advantages (such as new technology or brands) that will boost growth in the long term.
- The combined business may be more stable or allow better coordination: for example, by increasing vertical integration.