How Digitization is Driving Bank M&A and Improving Performance

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During the pandemic banks had to experiment and take risks that under normal circumstances they would never have considered in order to keep operations up and running, such as rapidly deploying a range of digital tools.
To the surprise of many, employees and customers enthusiastically embraced these digital offerings, accelerating technology maturity and adoption by several years. Banks suddenly had hard evidence that digitizing operations could bring enormous efficiency and scale advantages while actually serving customers with greater personalization. These insights, in addition to capitalization changes, are contributing to a new wave of M&A activity in the U.S. as banks look to scale up quickly as the economy emerges from the pandemic. There were more than 50 deals in the first four months of 2021
with a total value of almost $25 billion, up from $6.5 billion in the same period in 2020, according to an S&P Global report.

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