The biggest obstacle to acquiring new companies is by far the inflated valuations of worthy targets, illustrated by the $18 billion valuation of WhatsApp, recently purchased by Facebook. The respondents who said hefty valuations were barriers to acquisitions grew from 42 percent in 2013 to 47 percent in 2014, according to the Econsultancy study.
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