Mergers & Acquisitions

Resources: Glossary

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Horizontal Acquisition

Definition

An acquisition by a competitor or another company in the same market sector.

See Also

Add-on acquisition, merger, synergy, synergistic buyer.

Tips

Horizontal acquisitions are an acquisition of a competitor, whereas vertical acquisitions are an acquisition of a company up or down the supply chain.