Disney, Marvel and the Value of 'Hidden Assets'

Strategy & Leadership, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 34-39, 2019

Posted: 21 Jun 2019

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Joseph Calandro, Jr.

Fordham University - Gabelli Center for Global Security Analysis

Date Written: June 17, 2019


Purpose: This paper discusses the concept of hidden assets in the context of Disney’s 2009 acquisition of the Marvel Entertainment Group (Marvel), and its value realization activities post-acquisition.

Design/methodology/approach: The paper presents a hidden assets-based value realization analysis of the 2009 acquisition of Marvel by Disney. It draws on a previously published case study of that acquisition as well as further research conducted by the author.

Findings: The Disney-Marvel acquisition supports the view that hidden assets-based analysis can be a powerful M&A tool and an equally powerful value realization tool when managed strategically over time.

Practical and research implications: The Disney acquisition of Marvel is a dramatic example of how knowledge of hidden assets can be used to do a deal in a competitive marketplace and how the disciplined management of those assets over time can realize a “blue ocean” of value post-acquisition.

Originality and value: This is the first paper we are aware that evaluates the hidden assets of the Disney-Marvel acquisition. It follows another paper that evaluated the acquisition (Joseph Calandro, Jr., “Disney’s Marvel Acquisition: A Strategic Financial Analysis,” Strategy & Leadership, Vol. 38, No. 2 (2010), pp. 42-51), which followed a paper that evaluated Marvel’s 1996 bankruptcy filing (Joseph Calandro, Jr., “Distressed M&A and Corporate Strategy: Lessons from Marvel Entertainment Group's Bankruptcy,” Strategy & Leadership, Vol. 37, No. 4 (2009), pp. 23-32).

Keywords: M&A, Information Advantage, Hidden Assets, Value Realization

JEL Classification: G32, G34, L21, M10

Suggested Citation

Calandro, Jr., Joseph, Disney, Marvel and the Value of 'Hidden Assets' (June 17, 2019). Strategy & Leadership, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 34-39, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3405351

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