Restructuring has become a crucial tool for companies to remain competitive and resilient. Whether instigated by internal challenges or external market forces, restructuring allows you to realign your strategies, optimize operations, and position your business for sustainable growth. 

Embarking on a restructuring journey requires careful planning and consideration of various factors to ensure its success. Here are four critical considerations you need to think about if you’re contemplating restructuring:

Align Strategy

One of the fundamental aspects of effective restructuring is aligning your company’s strategy with its goals and market realities. This involves thoroughly examining your business’s current position, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. We encourage our clients to do this regularly and ensure their business strategy is not a set-and-forget exercise. 

Having a regular cadence of strategic review helps to identify warning signs early on, and we always tell our clients to look out for the following:

  • Poor competitiveness compared to industry rivals
  • Stagnating growth despite maintaining market share and profitability
  • Dramatic drops in revenue indicating underlying structural issues
  • Chronic cash-flow shortages affecting solvency and operations
  • Slow responsiveness and agility in adapting to market changes 
  • Runaway expenses exceeding revenue generation
  • Heavy dependence on debt 

These are all red flags that require strategic realignment

Forecast Potential Profit Outcomes

Dynamic scenario modeling is crucial in anticipating market changes and setting realistic profit targets for each business segment. By evaluating the impact of different market recovery scenarios on sales and margins, you can better prepare yourself to navigate uncertainties and capitalize on emerging opportunities. This proactive approach enables you to adjust your strategies and resource allocation accordingly, mitigating risks and maximizing returns.

Adopt a Growth Mindset

Businesses need to view restructuring not as a sign of failure but as a proactive approach to adapt to changing market conditions. Embracing a growth mindset fosters innovation, resilience, and a willingness to explore new avenues for expansion. Restructuring presents an opportunity to streamline operations, optimize resource utilization, and reallocate investments toward high-growth areas. By fostering a continuous improvement and adaptability culture, you can position your business for long-term success in dynamic and competitive markets.

Execute with Precision

Successful restructuring requires meticulous planning, clear communication, and decisive execution. Businesses must develop a comprehensive restructuring plan that outlines specific goals, timelines, and performance metrics. Effective communication with stakeholders, including employees, investors, customers, and suppliers, is essential to ensure support and manage expectations throughout the restructuring process. Proactive risk management and contingency planning can mitigate potential disruptions and ensure a smooth transition to achieving your goals and objectives.

By aligning strategy, simulating future profit scenarios, adopting a growth mindset, and executing precision, you can navigate challenges effectively and position yourself for sustainable growth and success. Embracing change and leveraging restructuring as an opportunity for renewal and transformation can unlock new possibilities and propel your business forward. 


If you or a business you work with needs strategic advice preparing a business for a restructuring, contact us for a confidential discussion. 


This information and the contents of this publication, current as at the date of publication, is general in nature to offer assistance to RRI Advisory’s clients, prospective clients and stakeholders, and is for reference purposes only. It does not constitute legal or financial advice. If you are concerned about any topic covered, we recommend that you seek your own specific legal and financial advice before taking any action.