Integrative Case 8

Organic Solutions

Organic Solutions (OS), one of the nation’s largest plant wholesalers in the southeastern United States, was poised for expansion. Through strong profitability, a conservative dividend policy, and some recent realized gains in real estate, OS had a strong cash position and was searching for a target company to acquire. The executive members on the acquisition search committee had agreed to find a firm in a similar line of business rather than one that would provide broad diversification. It would be their first acquisition, and they preferred to stay in a familiar line of business. Jennifer Morgan, director of marketing, had identified the targeted lines of business through exhaustive market research.

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