David Braun

About

David Braun is the founder and CEO of Capstone Strategic and author of Successful Acquisitions: A Proven Plan for Growth. His specialty is helping companies grow through acquisition.

Through consistent focus on this one specialty, David has built up a formidable expertise that has led to an acquisition success rate way beyond the industry average.

David Braun is a sought-after educator who has been teaching senior executives and financial professionals for over 21 years. His live seminars and online webinars are in high demand, and his blog is widely read by M&A professionals, business owners and all who wish to understand the dynamics of growth through company acquisition.

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Market Criteria, Market Research

Markets First

I always emphasize to my clients the critical value of painstaking market research and selection before considering individual prospects. Simply by conducting thorough research, you immediately separate yourself from the majority of company buyers and place yourself at an important competitive advantage. Choosing Market Criteria Choosing the correct market criteria may be tricky. Here are […]

Pathways to Growth

Five Pathways to Growth

As you focus your attention on the growth of your company, there are five key pathways to consider: Grow Organically Exit the Market Be the Low-Cost Provider Do Nothing Pursue External Growth Before you even start planning an acquisition, remember there are other growth options available. It is an important realization that you do have […]

Cultural Integration Publicis Omnicom

Publicis-Omnicom Merger May Face Cultural Integration Challenges

The merger between two advertising giants Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group has caused quite a stir. The two companies combined to form Publicis Omnicom Group would have stock-market value of $35.1 billion, making this the largest advertising merger ever. Although Chief Executive Maurice Levy and CEO John Wren both stress this is a “merger of […]

Recent Posts

3 Ways to Change an Owner's No to Yes

Pursuing Not-For-Sale Acquisitions: 3 Ways to Change an Owner’s “No” to “Yes”

“I’m not interested in selling my business right now.” “We already have a strategic plan in place.” “We are already talking to another buyer.” “Why should I listen to you? I get asked to sell all the time.” “I may sell in a few years when my company has a higher value.” “Who are you????” […]

Key to Successful First Meetings

The Key to Successful First Meetings: Putting an Owner at Ease

Owners are usually skeptical or defensive when asked about selling their “not-for-sale” company. In fact, many will hang up or refuse to consider your offer. If you do manage to break through and get the owner to agree to a first meeting, your job is to put them at ease, dissuade fears and communicate the […]

Acquisitions – Go Big or Go Home

Acquisitions – Go Big or Go Home?

You don’t have to “go big or go home” to successfully grow your company through M&A. A small, well-executed acquisition that targets a specific need can sometimes be more powerful than a multi-billion dollar consolidation. Let’s take a look at a recent example from the news. Earlier this month, Conagra announced it would acquire Thanasi […]

Turn Failure to Success

What Went Wrong? Turning Acquisition Failure into Success

“We did an acquisition about 15 years ago. It did not go well…I guess you could say we are still ‘recovering,’ the CEO of a family-owned business recently shared with me during a meeting. She went on to explain there were a number of integration issues and other challenges that cropped up post-closing that the […]

3M Acquires Scott Safety

Two Key Points for Strategic Buyers from 3M’s Latest Acquisition

3M, the maker of Post-it, will acquire Scott Safety from Johnson Controls for $2 billion to build up its safety division. This is the second largest acquisition for 3M after its purchase of Capital Safety, a maker of fall protection equipment such as harnesses, lanyards, and self-retracting lifelines, from KKR & Co. for $2.5 billion […]

How to Achieve Your Goal with Multiple Acquisitions

Acheiving Your Goal with Multiple Acquisitions

One of the most effective ways for strategic buyers to grow through acquisitions is to “take frequent small bites of the apple,” or to conduct a series of smaller, strategic acquisitions in order to achieve a growth goal. Even those these deals might not be as “exciting” as mergers between two huge competitors, they can […]

Is My Company Big Enough to Do an Acquisition?

There’s a myth that acquisitions are only executed by huge, publicly-traded, Fortune 500 companies, but that’s simply not the true. In reality, there are many acquisitions conducted by small and middle market firms that are private transactions and are not reported to the media. There are many reasons to consider acquisitions, regardless of the size […]

M&A Third Party or Do-It-Yourself

M&A: Third Party or Do-It-Yourself?

You do not need an M&A advisor to pursue acquisitions. You might think I’m crazy for saying this, after all, we are M&A advisors, but the truth is you can pursue acquisitions on your own. In fact, for those of you who are so inclined to take the do-it-yourself approach, I lay out a step-by-step […]

Are You Stuck 4 Ways to Find Acquisition Prospects

Are You Stuck? 4 Ways to Find Acquisition Prospects

Does this sound familiar? You want to grow through acquisitions, but there are no good companies to acquire. While it may seem like there are absolutely zero acquisition prospects, usually that is not the case. Many companies struggle to find acquisition prospects because they are focusing on only on industry partners, suppliers, or competitors they […]

Media Consolidation Acquiring to Stay Relvant

Media Consolidation: Acquiring to Stay Relevant

The media industry is going through a wave of consolidation as traditional players try to adjust to changing consumer habits. Demand for traditional media like print newspapers, cable TV, magazines, and landline phones, has decreased as streaming, mobile and digital media becomes more popular. As this trend continues, businesses will continue acquiring to capture consumers, […]

Struggling to find acquisition targets

Are You Struggling to Find the Right Acquisition Targets?

Not finding the right company to acquire is the top challenge for middle market companies seeking to grow through mergers and acquisitions. According to Capstone’s survey of middle market executives, 28% noted lack of suitable companies as the strongest reason for not considering acquisitions as a tool for growth. Finding the right company to acquire […]

Which Way Prioritize Growth Options

Which Way? 3 Ways to Prioritize Your Options for Growth

The possibilities may be endless, but your resources are not. For many business owners with limited time and money, deciding which ideas to pursue can be a challenge. Here are three ways to prioritize your options for growth: 1. Start with your company vision The best way to make sure you’re moving in the right direction […]

Hudsons Bay Interested in Macys

Bigger Is Not Always Better – Hudson’s Bay Approaches Macy’s About Acquisition

We usually think acquirers are big, multinational companies that gobble up their smaller competitors. However, that’s not always the case. Hudson’s Bay, which has a market value of $1.5 billion, is interested in acquiring Macy’s, which has a market value of $9.4 billion. This transaction challenges common perceptions about acquirers and sellers and demonstrates that […]

Sears Is Dying a Slow Death – How You Can Avoid It

Sears Is Dying a Slow Death – How You Can Avoid It

Sears, which was once a thriving department store, is dying a slow death and the company is grasping for cash in order to stay afloat. Last year, Sears borrowed $200 million from CEO Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund and most recently Sears agreed to sell Craftsman to Stanley Black & Decker. Under the terms of the […]

Strategic vs Financial Mergers and Acquisitions

Why Not Buy? 5 Common Objections to Acquisitions

Many company owners and executives know that M&A could hugely accelerate their growth. But they hold back for several common reasons. Let’s take a look. 1. “There Are No Suitable Companies to Buy” You’re probably right—almost. There are no suitable companies for sale. That does NOT mean there are no great companies to buy. You just have […]

Mars to buy pet hospital

Why Is a Candy Company Buying a Pet Hospital? Mars – VCA Acquisition

Mars, the maker of M&Ms and Snickers, will acquire VCA, a veterinary company, for $7.7 billion. VCA owns about 800 animal hospitals a lab business and dog day care franchises and has about $ 2 billion in revenue. Although it may seem strange for a candy company to acquire a pet company, Mars already owns […]

Growing Demand in Healthcare Sectors Drives M&A

Growing Demand in Healthcare Sectors Drives M&A

Thanks to advances in science and healthcare, people are living longer than ever. As they age, demand for healthcare products and services increases. One of the most significant demographic trends impacting healthcare is the aging baby boomer generation. As about 75 million American baby boomers grow older, demand for healthcare continue to will increase rapidly. […]

Shrinking to Grow? 3 Reasons to Consider Exiting as a Business Strategy in 2017

Shrinking to Grow? 3 Reasons to Consider Exiting as a Business Strategy in 2017

When you think growing your business in 2017, you probably picture hiring more sales people, opening a new branch, developing additional products or acquiring state-of-the-art technology. Today I want to introduce a new concept for consideration: growing by exiting a business. Before you immediately dismiss the idea, take a moment to challenge your assumptions about company […]

Dealmakers Predict Robust 2017

Dealmakers Predict Robust M&A in 2017

2016 has been a year of surprises with the U.K. voting to leave the European Union, fears over China’s economic slowdown, oil price slumps, and Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election. Despite these shocks to the market, 2016 will likely be the third best year for global mergers and acquisitions in the past 10 years […]

Dr Pepper Follows Healthy Trends, Acquires Bai Brands

Dr. Pepper Snapple Adds Healthy Option with Bai Brands Acquisition

The demand for “healthy” or “better for you” food and beverages continues as consumers become more health conscious. Following this trend, Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS) has agreed to acquire Bai brands, the maker of antioxidant and other “all natural” drinks for $1.7 billion. Founded in 2009, Bai has about $300 million in revenue and 373 […]