The Exxon - Mobil Merger Controversy

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Mergers Acquisition and Takeovers
Case Length : 21 Pages
Period : 1998-2003
Organization : ExxonMobil
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : USA
Industry : Oil and Energy


The case discusses the merger of Exxon and Mobil Corporation, the two top leading companies in the US oil industry. The case details the factors that led to the decision of the two companies to merge and the synergies reaped after the merger.

The case also examines the positive and negative implications of this mega-merger on the consumers, employees, marketing and retailing intermediaries, and environment, as well as its effect on the overall competition in the industry.

Finally, the case discusses the status of ExxonMobil in early 2004 and how it has performed in the past five years since its merger.


Mergers, Negative Side of Mega-mergers, Consolidation in the US Oil Industry


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
The Merger 3
The Merger Rationale 4
The Controversy 5
Status in Early 2004 7
Exhibits 9


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