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Mars makes minority investment in kind

Mars Makes Minority Investment in Healthy Snack Maker Kind

Sugar is not so sweet anymore. Blamed for making people sick and causing obesity, consumers are turning to healthier options and governments are trying to curb sugar consumption. Faced with these market dynamics, Mars recently announced it has made a minority investment in Kind Snacks. Kind’s products are made without artificial ingredients and include bars, […]

3 Ways Strategic Acquisitions Can Help Your Company Remain Competitive

3 Ways Strategic Acquisitions Can Help Your Company Remain Competitive

Companies are pursuing M&A in order to compete with the likes of Amazon, Facebook, and Google, and stay relevant with consumers. Technology is transforming multiple industries – not just media and telecommunications – but also healthcare, food and beverage, and automotive. Deals by strategic acquirers from a wide array of industries reached a record $200 […]

Are You Hiking Without a Map Why Your Company Needs a Strategic Plan

Are You Hiking Without a Map? Why Your Company Needs a Strategic Plan

Think back to a time before we all had smartphones and could look up any piece of information on the fly. Not so long ago, we had to plan our trips by doing research ahead of time and using paper maps for directions. Even now, if you travel somewhere without cell service, for example, a […]

NJCUL Q&A

Q&A with NJCUL’s David Frankil and Capstone’s John Dearing

Following the success of his presentation, at the New Jersey Credit Union League Convention, John Dearing, Capstone’s Managing Director, has been invited to present a webinar with the NJCUL on December 7. At the Convention in October, John discussed proactive growth strategies for credit unions as well as tips for success. Last week John and […]

Grow or Die! Exploring New Pathways to Success

Grow or Die! Exploring New Pathways to Success

How is your company growing? In business, remaining static is impossible, and if you’re not growing, you are dying. I recently spoke on the concept of “Grow or Die” at the Association for Dressings and Sauces Annual Meeting in Nashville, in light of the trends and evolving market dynamics of the industry. The food and […]

Lessons for the Middle Market from the AT&T – Time Warner Deal

Lessons for the Middle Market from the AT&T – Time Warner Deal

396 days. One year and one month. That is how long it’s been since AT&T first announced it would acquire Time Warner for $85 billion on October 22, 2016. As the AT&T – Time Warner deal languishes in the courts, I am again reminded of the advantages that privately held middle market companies have when […]

Why Acquire 8 Common Reasons to Buy

Why Acquire? 8 Common Reasons to Buy

Acquisition can be an exciting tool for growing your company, but before pursuing a deal, it is important to ask, “What outcome do you hope to achieve from M&A that you would not realize otherwise?” There are a variety of reasons to acquire and although each company’s situation is different, most deals fall under one […]

Helping Clients Implement Their Dreams Blog Post

Helping Clients Implement Their Dreams

Back in 1995 I started Capstone with one reason in mind: to help companies grow. Company growth is my passion and I’m always excited to be a part of clients’ growth stories and see them achieve their dreams. Company growth is about more than helping an organization become larger. Successful companies have very real and […]

What Happens After You Sign a Letter of Intent

What Happens After You Sign a Letter of Intent?

Getting both buyer and seller to agree to and sign a letter of intent (LOI) is a critical milestone in the M&A process. The LOI provides the basic guidelines for the deal moving forward: It outlines major issues like fundamental terms, price, agreement on major business points, and sets forth buyer exclusivity for a period […]

How to Keep Innovation Flowing Webinar

How to Keep Innovation Flowing – CUSOs, Startups, and Equity Options

CUSOs are investing in startups and fintech to add innovative services and products in a dynamic financial services industry. The success of these organizations rests on talented individuals who often come from the for-profit world and have different motivators than those in the traditional, non-profit credit union model. In order to maximize the value of […]

M&A Update: 3Q 2017 – Middle Market Activity on the Rise

Overall deal value and volume remain flat, but middle market activity is on the rise. When compared to 2016, worldwide M&A value and volume remained relatively flat for the first nine months of 2017, rising only 2% and 0.4%, respectively. In the US, announced deal value dropped 12% while the number of deals rose 18%, […]

Innovate, Collaborate, Succeed! Capstone Speaks to the New Jersey Credit Union League

Innovate, Collaborate, Succeed! The theme for the New Jersey Credit Union League’s (NJCUL) 83rd Annual Meeting & Convention could not be more exciting or more closely aligned with Capstone’s values of helping organizations’ grow. John Dearing, Capstone Managing Director was invited to speak at the NJCUL Convention on October 23 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His […]

Department Stores Go Out of Style: Lord & Taylor Building to Sell to WeWork

Department Stores Go Out of Style: Lord & Taylor Building to Sell to WeWork

Hudson’s Bay, the parent company of Lord & Taylor, announced it would sell the iconic fifth avenue store to co-working startup WeWork and Rhone Capital LLC for $850 million. The price is a 30 percent premium over the value of the real estate when it was last appraised in 2016. Lord & Taylor will rent […]

Are you missing out on the best opportunities for growth

Are You Missing Out on the Best Growth Opportunities?

Many companies may miss out on growth opportunities, including acquisitions, if they do not reassess their strategy in light of today’s economic environment. According to an article in CFO Magazine, a number of companies are not executing acquisitions because they maintain a high hurdle rate, even though the cost of borrowing capital is relatively low […]

Capstone Partners with NWCUA Strategic Link

Capstone Partners with Northwest Credit Union Association’s Strategic Link

Capstone will help NWCUA members develop and implement growth strategies Capstone is pleased to announce a partnership with the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) and its wholly owned subsidiary Strategic Link. Through the partnership more than 180 Northwest credit unions have a new resource available to help them determine growth strategies, including collaborations, joint ventures, […]

John Dearing FABTECH 2017

Capstone to Speak on Multiple Pathways of Growth at FABTECH 2017

Capstone Managing Director John Dearing has been selected to speak at FABTECH 2017 in Chicago on November 7, 2017. John’s presentation, “Multiple Pathways of Growth: Innovative Strategies Business Leaders,” will explore five key options for taking company growth to the next level and help leaders understand the power of external growth (acquisitions, joint ventures, and […]

What Role Do Lawyers Play in Mergers and Acquisitions

What Role Do Lawyers Play in Mergers and Acquisitions?

In merging two distinct companies there are many legal technicalities that need to be reviewed to finalize the deal, so it’s critical to hire an attorney to help cover your bases. Lawyers typically assist in drafting legal documents like the letter of intent and acquisition agreement, and even employment agreements to keep key employees at […]

Capstone Strategic Guides Immanuel on “Not-for-Sale” Acquisition of Senior Living Community Clark Jeary

Capstone Strategic Guides Immanuel on “Not-for-Sale” Acquisition of Senior Living Community Clark Jeary

Capstone Strategic announced today that Immanuel, a leader in the field of retirement living in Nebraska has acquired senior living community Clark Jeary. The deal expands Immanuel’s geographic footprint in Lincoln and adds to its mission of serving seniors. Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today that Immanuel has acquired Clark Jeary, a 122-apartment senior living community […]

David Braun High Level Wisdom Podcast

The Inside Scoop on Mergers & Acquisitions – David Braun on the High Level Wisdom Podcast

I recently the opportunity to speak about my experience as a CEO and company founder on the High Level Wisdom Podcast with Chris Williams. During our conversation, we discussed how companies can grow through strategic mergers and acquisitions and as well as tips for success for leaders. Listen to my interview on the High Level […]

David Braun Association for Dressings and Sauces

Capstone CEO David Braun Speaks on Mergers & Acquisitions at the Association for Dressings and Sauces

We are excited to announce that Capstone CEO David Braun will be speaking at the Association for Dressings and Sauces (ADS) 2017 Annual Meeting on October 9, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. ADS represents manufacturers of salad dressing, mayonnaise and condiment sauces and suppliers of raw materials, packaging and equipment to this segment of the food industry. […]