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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. […]

Ikea Buys Freelance Platform TaskRabbit so You’ll Never Have to Assemble their Furniture Again

Ikea Buys Freelance Platform TaskRabbit so You’ll Never Have to Assemble Their Furniture Again

If you have ever purchased Ikea furniture, you understand the struggle of trying to assemble it. The “simple” diagrams are not easy to follow, some of the screws or nails go missing, and sometimes the piece falls apart after you finish building it. Ikea is hoping to solve this problem for future buyers with its […]

Buy vs. Build? How to Know Which Solution is Best

Buy vs. Build? How to Know Which Solution is Best

Should you acquire a company or develop your own solution? This is a question many leaders wrestle with when considering the best path forward for their company; however, there’s no one answer since every company’s situation is unique and each approach has its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a moment to explore these two pathways […]

CU Conferences Credit Union Products and Services Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Capstone Managing Director John Dearing Speaks at the Credit Union Products and Services Conference

Capstone Managing Director John Dearing delivered the presentation “Leapfrog the Product/Service Development Cycle” at the Credit Union Products and Services Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 16, 2017. The event, hosted by CU Conferences, brought together board of directors, board chairs, CEOs, and senior management to explore various products and services to meet […]

Acquiring A Short Cut to Research and Development

Developing a New Product or Service? Consider Acquisition

96 percent of businesses fail within 10 years. 80 percent of consumer products fail annually. Statistically, it’s obvious that launching a new product or service is challenging. Entrepreneurs pour their lives into starting their companies and while some of the lucky ones become the next Facebook, most struggle to succeed. Even large established corporations face […]

Nestlé Bets of Fast Growing Markets with Sweat Earth and Blue Bottle Coffee Deals

Nestlé Bets on Fast Growing Markets with Sweet Earth and Blue Bottle Coffee Deals

Nestlé is scooping up two brands in fast growing markets to expand its product offerings in North America. The Swiss company will acquire Sweet Earth, a maker of plant-based foods, as consumer demand for natural, organic and healthy food grows. Nestle expects the market to reach $5.21 billion by 2020. Based in Moss Landing, California, […]

How to Navigate High Valuation Multiples

How to Navigate Today’s High Valuation Multiples

Valuation multiples in the middle market are “unprecedented” due to low interest rates, relatively cheap debt available in today’s market, and high amounts of dry powder chasing the same deals. According to GF Data, average valuations reached 7.4 times, the highest quarterly mark the data base has recorded in 15 years. With such high valuations, […]