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IPO, acquiring another company

Assume your selected organization is a privately held company and that it wants to expand its operations. The organization is faced with 3 options to expand its operations.
1. They can go public through an IPO.
2. They can aquire another company in the same industry.
3. They can merge with another organization.
Prepare a paper as to what strategy the selected organization should choose.

Address the following:

They can merge with another company. What are the strengths of merging with another company, what are the weaknesses of merging with another company, what are the opportunities of merging with another company, and what are the threats of merging with another company. I am pasting details about my company below...

McBride Financial Services
Your One-Stop Mortgage Provider

Our Mission:
McBride Financial Services will be the preeminent provider of low cost mortgage services using state-of-the-art technology in the five state area of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota. We thank you in supporting our mission!
Business Philosophy:
Our customers will receive the most efficient and effective processing of mortgage applications from inception to closing. Who We Serve:
? Professionals purchasing either a primary or secondary residence.
? Retirees purchasing a primary or secondary residence.
? Families and/or individuals purchasing recreational properties.
What We Offer:
Upon approved credit, we will provide:
? Credit Report
? Home Inspection
? Appraisal
? A Mortgage at the lowest rate available
All at a fixed price of $1,500

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The major strengths and opportunities of merging with other company are:

1) Merger with another company will form a larger entity that combines the strengths, resources, capabilities, product/service offerings of two individual entities. It will help the company to significantly enhance its resources and capabilities as combined resources of two individual entities will join together, thereby allowing the firm to emerge as a powerful player in the marketplace. The organization will be able to reach to a larger number of consumers and joint marketing capabilities of the merged entity will help the company in deploying more resources towards expansion plans. If both the entities have different product/service offerings, it will help the merged entity to widen its product/service offerings.

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McBride Financial services: IPO, acquiring another company and merging with another organization