Whats the difference between CDD & Target screening? are they same?

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Market assessments, target screening and CDDs are distinctly different parts of an M&A lifecycle. When you conduct a CDD you have a target in mind, that you are assessing against competitors and the market. The target screening is taking the market assessment (which says a market is attractive) and isolating 2-3 key targets to enter into negotiations / takeover by using specific criteria you choose to define based on the acquirers appetite (size, growth, debt, ownership structure, etc.)

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No. A Target Screening is looking for targets to acquire. Then when you’ve found one and are thinking of buying it you do a CDD on that specific target to see if it’s a good idea and how much you’d want to pay for it.

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CDD looks at the market potential / size and does have some similarities to target screening in that you’re reviewing the competitive landscape. However the target screening looks deeper into specific competitors / companies in that space

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Thank you! but wouldn’t the on ground process be almost the same? i mean lets say a tech giant company X is interested in buying a tech startup that makes printers!!

In target screening, you look at 10K and other Market data to shortlist (lets say) 3 targets. what new information would you dig deeper in the next phase i.e. CDD?

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