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Capstone Strategic’s survey of middle market executives shows most see the same (43%) or growing (31%) M&A activity in their industry. 47% are pursuing M&A in order to access new markets.

Capstone Strategic, the leading M&A advisory firm for the middle market, surveyed middle market executives from multiple industries on their growth and M&A experience in 2016 and their outlook for 2017. The survey was conducted in December 2016 and followed previous annual surveys of the middle market.

M&A activity across the board is mostly seen as the same (43%) or growing (31%).

Looking forward, our respondents are evenly split on whether or not they will pursue M&A in 2017. 35% are less than 50% likely to execute acquisitions and 35% are more than 50% likely. The top driver for pursuing M&A this year is access to new markets (47%).

As for obstacles to M&A, time and attention demanded by the process is the top barrier to pursuing acquisitions in 2017 (25%) while the most common reason for not considering M&A as a tool for growth is lack of appropriate target companies (28%).

The overall growth picture is improving. Those reporting modest growth rose from 58% in 2015 to 67% in 2016 and those reporting high growth grew from 11% in 2015 to 13% in 2016. Those reporting contraction shrunk from 9% in 2015 to 5% in 2016.

The business environment is seen by most in a positive light, with the majority reporting the same (50%) or an improved (35%) environment for growth. Compared to 2015, fewer executives saw a worsening environment for growth (8% compared to 13%).

Capstone’s CEO David Braun said: “The survey confirmed that 2016 remained an active year for middle market mergers and acquisitions and looking ahead, we believe we’ll see begin to see a renewed interest in M&A activity due to pent up demand and supply in the marketplace. 2017 presents a unique opportunity for companies that decide to execute strategic acquisitions.”

The full survey, State of Middle Market M&A 2017, can be viewed by clicking here.

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Finding a list of companies to acquire is exciting! You start thinking about all the possibilities and how the deal will grow your business exponentially. But before you move forward with any of these candidates, take a step back and make sure you are looking at companies in the right markets.

What are the “right markets?” Markets that have a healthy, stable demand and are growing. After all the primary driver for acquisitions is to help your company grow. Without researching markets first, you risk acquiring a company in a stagnant or declining market. Although the company may have strong financials today, if there’s no demand in the marketplace, your acquisition won’t deliver the expected returns on growth in the future. Without first selecting a market, you have reason to beware of even the most tempting buying opportunities.

Finding the right market begins by defining the market using geography, verticals or another relevant factor, and by developing market criteria to aid in your decision-making. Your research will begin with a broad sweep and become progressively narrower as you learn more about the market.  Your market criteria will help you objectively evaluate and compare the markets against your strategic rationale for acquisition.

Researching markets first not only helps you avoid acquiring a bad company, it helps you identify the best companies to buy. By conducting market research, you will gain a better understanding of the market, which will help you evaluate acquisition prospects and negotiate with owners as you proceed with the acquisition process.

Learn more about the “markets first” approach in our upcoming webinar How to Pick Top-Notch Markets.

After this webinar you will be able to:

  • Understand the market-driven process
  • Explain market criteria (market growth and size, competitive dynamics, barriers to entry) and how to use them to evaluate a market or segment
  • Describe effective secondary & primary market research techniques
  • Explain the triangulation technique to obtain the most relevant information for accurate decision-making
  • Develop tools to objectively compare and contrast markets

How to Pick Top-Notch Markets

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

CPE credit is available,

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Capstone Vice President Matt Craft presented at the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program orientation in Richmond on January 19.

For 14 years, Capstone has helped Virginia companies grow through our participation in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s VALET program. Matt talked about how leaders can identify the best markets for growth their companies and objectively make decisions using data and tools.

Capstone Vice President Matt Craft presents to VALET companies in Richmond, Virginia.

Capstone Vice President Matt Craft presents to VALET companies in Richmond, Virginia.

As the members enter the program, we wish them the best of luck and urge them to take advantage of the resources and opportunities available for helping their company grow.

Today we are announcing a new logo for M&A U™, Capstone’s executive education resource. You’ll see the new logo on the M&A U™ website and on M&A U™ resources.

The new logo reflects our commitment to helping executives like you learn how to grow through strategic mergers and acquisitions. M&A U™ is a central resource where you can learn how to grow your company faster by applying proven methodologies that have been tested and proven in multiple real-world transactions.

Since we launched M&A U™ last year, we have continued to educate hundreds of business leaders through our webinars, videocasts, reports, whitepapers, tools and, of course, through the Successful Acquisitions blog. We hope you enjoy the new M&A U™ logo and continue and building your expertise in strategic M&A and company growth.

Happy New Year! We are excited to announce the 2017 webinar schedule and invite you to join us this year for these exciting events.

For over 20 years we have helped companies grow and educated business leaders on strategic growth through mergers and acquisitions. Each webinar is led by a seasoned M&A professional providing practical tools and tactics to accelerate your company’s growth. You can watch individual webinars or attend the entire program to earn the M&A U™ webinar certificate.

2017 Webinar Schedule

* Topics and dates subject to change
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The Street interviewed Capstone CEO David Braun for the article “Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Likes Sound of SpinMedia’s Music Brands.”

In the article David Braun analyzes the deal’s strategic rationale and discusses how traditional media businesses can continue to grow amidst a changing environment. As print media declines and digital media consumption rises, traditional publishing and communication companies must find new ways to stay relevant, capture market share and most importantly revenue.

Read the full article on The Street here: Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Likes Sound of SpinMedia’s Music Brands.”

As expected, Verso is consolidating locations and moving its headquarters from Tennessee to Ohio. Verso purchased NewPage Holdings for $1.4 billion in January 2014, but later filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While Verso has emerged from bankruptcy, the company is not out of the woods yet.

“You’ve got a wounded company cutting staff, and that hurts morale,” says Capstone CEO David Braun in The Memphis Business Journal. David says Verso will have to do more than simply cut costs in order to be successful in the long-run. Read the full article here: Even after move, Verso will have more cuts to make

 

Capstone Strategic announced today that Lintec USA Holding, Inc. has acquired VDI, LLC (DBA Vacuum Depositing). The acquisition brings together complementary technology and broad research and development capabilities that will allow for expansion in the industrial films market.

Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today that Lintec USA Holding, Inc. (Lintec USA) has acquired VDI, LLC (VDI). Lintec USA will leverage VDI’s capabilities with its current assets to bolster its marketplace position. Capstone advised the acquirer on this transaction.

Lintec USA is a global leader in manufacturing and selling highly engineered, multilayer films for energy, automotive, safety, security, and architectural applications and the owner of Madico, Inc. (Madico), which manufactures window and specialty films. Lintec USA and Madico are owned by Lintec Corporation (Lintec), a publicly-held company traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Founded in 1971, VDI is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky and is a custom roll-to-roll metallizer of evaporative, sputtered and dielectric coatings.

The acquisition will allow Lintec USA to accelerate its growth and strengthen its position in the industrial market by adding a complementary sputtering capability and a spectrally select product line. Lintec USA will also apply Lintec’s research and development, marketing, and distribution strengths to further expand VDI’s capabilities. The transaction is expected to benefit all parties as a result of leveraging VDI’s metalizing capability with parent company Lintec’s metalizing products.

Using our proprietary process, the Roadmap to Acquisitions, Capstone served as a third party M&A advisor and facilitated the acquisition between Lintec USA and VDI. Capstone guided Lintec USA through the process from initial strategy development to prospect identification and negotiations to papering and executing the deal.

“Throughout the acquisition process, the Capstone team was instrumental as our guide, sounding board, and stabilizing force as negotiations proceeded. We jointly developed our proactive growth through acquisition program and then Capstone approached owners and assisted as we prioritized candidates and resources. We leveraged Capstone’s focus and experience in the privately-held, not-for-sale acquisition world as we worked through the journey and ultimately attained our objective. I’m confident that the deal would not have been completed without their insight and involvement,” noted Paul Moynihan, CFO of Madico.

“Throughout every step of the process, Capstone worked diligently to address key challenges, and, most importantly, actively listened to uncover important issues on both sides. They certainly helped forge a positive relationship between our organizations and I’m excited about our opportunities to grow together in the future,” commented David Bryant, Owner and President of VDI.

“The team stayed true to the strategic external growth objectives established, and as a result of the acquisition, Lintec and Madico will glean benefits that will help them expand for years to come,” said Capstone Managing Director John Dearing.

Capstone Guides Acquisition of VDI by Japan's Lintec USA

About Capstone

Capstone Strategic, Inc. is a management consulting firm located outside of Washington DC specializing in corporate growth strategies, primarily mergers and acquisitions for the middle market. Founded in 1995 by CEO David Braun, Capstone has facilitated over $1 billion of successful transactions in a wide variety of manufacturing and service industries. Capstone utilizes a proprietary process, “The Roadmap to Acquisitions,” to provide tailored services to clients in a broad range of domestic and international markets. Learn more about Capstone online at http://www.CapstoneStrategic.com.

About Lintec USA and Madico

Lintec USA Holding, Inc. (Lintec USA) is a subsidiary of Lintec Corporation (Lintec), a publicly-held company traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and a recognized technical leader in adhesive chemistries. Madico, Inc. (Madico), is owned by Lintec USA and is a global leader in the coating, laminating, and converting of flexible films in wide width, roll-to-roll format. Its products are multilayered, engineered films primarily targeting applications in Window Films and Specialty Films. For more information visit  http://www.madico.com.

About VDI, LLC.

Founded in 1971, VDI, LLC (VDI) is a custom roll-to-roll metallizer of evaporative, sputtered and dielectric coatings. Its primary business and production site is in Louisville Kentucky. The company is respected throughout the industry as a leader in both quality, innovation and customer service.

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Are you thinking about growing your business? In any business endeavor, having the right questions is often half the battle.

Join us for a new webinar on “7 Strategic Questions to Ask Before Pursuing Mergers & Acquisitions” on Wednesday, December 7. We will cover 7 powerful questions that have been tried and tested with dozens of clients at the outset of their growth programs:

  1. What business are we in?
  2. What is our core competency?
  3. What are we not?
  4. Where is our pain?
  5. What are our dreams?
  6. What is our risk tolerance?
  7. What is our company DNA?

Explore each question in depth and learn how they have immediate applications and a direct impact on your growth strategy.

After attending you will be able to:

  • Establish a firm foundation for pursuing strategic M&A and external growth
  • Use tools to examine your current business situation
  • Begin to develop an action plan for growth

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM EST – 2:00 PM EST

CPE credit is available.

Photo credit: Ryan Milani via Flickr cc

Acquisitions can transform your company’s growth trajectory and set you up for long-term success. You may choose to use acquisition because your organic growth has stalled and hiring additional sales people or investing in R&D will not not help you achieve your business goals. Acquisition is fast and opens the door to many new growth options by bringing on board resources like new technological capabilities and key employees,

Capstone Vice President Matt Craft had the opportunity to speak on “Growth through Acquisitions” on the Exit Readiness Podcast with Pat Ennis. Matt explains key drivers for pursuing acquisitions and how to maximize your potential for success.

In this episode Matt and Pat discuss:

  • Why you should considering using M&A to grow your business
  • How many companies you should look at before closing a deal
  • What to look for during due diligence
  • When to get advisors involved in the M&A process
  • Determining the best direction for your company
  • How long does an acquisition typically takes
  • And more!

Listen to the episode now.

Capstone announced today that Citizens Energy Group through its subsidiary Kinetrex Energy Exploration & Production, has acquired a 50% working interest in oil assets in Knox County, Indiana from Trey Exploration.

Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today that Kinetrex Energy Exploration & Production (KEEP), a subsidiary of Citizens Energy Group (Citizens), has acquired a 50% stake in oil producing assets in Knox County, Indiana from Trey Exploration, Inc. (TEI). Capstone advised KEEP on the transaction.

KEEP is a subsidiary of Citizens focused on the exploration and production of oil. Founded in 1887 as a public charitable trust, Citizens is a broad-based utility service company providing natural gas, thermal energy, water and wastewater services to about 800,000 people and thousands of businesses in the Indianapolis area.

TEI primarily engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas resources in the Illinois Basin and other hydrocarbon producing areas across the United States. The company has also conducted geological studies in areas across the United States and in international markets. TEI was founded in 1987 by Howard A. Nevins. The company provides the highest standards of conduct and is environmentally responsible.

Capstone assisted in structuring a deal to establish a long-term partnership between KEEP and TEI. Both companies will use their complementary skills to increase production by using enhanced oil recovery techniques, drilling additional wells, and by exploring deeper geological formations. KEEP will provide additional geological studies while TEI will continue to operate the property.

“As a third party advisor, Capstone’s expertise was critical in identifying the opportunity and providing deal advisory, valuation and negotiation assistance to help finalize the investment. We are pleased to begin working with TEI today and for many years to come,” said Aaron Johnson, President of KEEP.

“We are excited to bring together two companies with this partnership. KEEP’s investment in Knox County and partnership with TEI will allow Citizens to reinvest more of its oil and gas profits into providing unparalleled utility services to consumers for many years to come.” said Capstone Managing Director John Dearing.

Capstone Advises Kinetrex Energy Exploration & Production in Acquiring Oil Assets in Knox County, Indiana from Trey Exploration

About Capstone Strategic

Capstone Strategic, Inc. is a management consulting firm located outside of Washington DC specializing in corporate growth strategies, primarily mergers and acquisitions for the middle market. Founded in 1995 by CEO David Braun, Capstone has facilitated over $1 billion of successful transactions in a wide variety of manufacturing and service industries. Capstone utilizes a proprietary process, “The Roadmap to Acquisitions,” to provide tailored services to clients in a broad range of domestic and international markets. Learn more about Capstone online at www.CapstoneStrategic.comTwitter LinkedIn.

About Citizens Energy Group

Citizens Energy Group provides safe and reliable utility services to about 800,000 people in Indianapolis. Citizens operates its utilities only for the benefit of customers and the community. Kinetrex Energy Exploration & Production is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Citizens. Additional information is available online at www.CitizensEnergyGroup.com – Facebook – Twitter – YouTube.

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Trust is everything. As leaders, we can forget this during the excitement of a deal. We can get caught up in reviewing financials, bogged down in the details of due diligence, or absorbed in mountains of research and completely forget about the humans involved in the transaction. When you take a moment to think, it’s obvious that no deal can take place without some level of trust between the two parties.

I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when I had the opportunity to participate in an event, From DoG Street to Wall Street, at the College of William & Mary. The event connects current students interested in finance and investment banking with alumni, and I was happy return to my alma mater to answer questions and discuss my experience.

David Braun Dog St to Wall St

Participating in the investment banking roundtable discussion at From DoG Stree to Wall Street.

During the event I shared with students was the importance of trust and relationships in mergers and acquisitions. When I speak about relationships I don’t mean relying on your friends and network to make deals. I simply mean establishing a connection with another person. Especially in the world of not-for-sale acquisitions, paying attention to the human aspect of M&A is critical. Our philosophy is built on relationships and we work hand-in-hand with our clients from initial strategy development through deal execution in order to ensure they are in the best position for long-term, strategic growth. Some of our clients have stayed with us since we were first founded in 1995.

We not only take this approach with our clients, but also with the owners of acquisition prospects. In the world of privately held not-for-sale acquisitions trust is critical. Unlike in for-sale auctions, most owners of not-for-sale companies are not looking to sell their business to anyone, let alone a stranger, and many are initially distrustful of any potential buyers. Focusing on the mechanics of the transaction and financials at the onset is a sure way to kill any potential deal. The path to a successful acquisition begins with winning the owner’s trust, sharing your strategic vision, and developing a relationship that leads to mutually beneficial acquisition.

Photos courtesy of the College of William & Mary

Capstone announced today that Green Dot, a telecommunications provider headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago, has entered into an agreement to sell a 51% stake to One Caribbean Media. The acquisition will allow Green Dot to accelerate subscriber growth and continue expanding into new markets.

Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today that Green Dot, Ltd. (Green Dot) has entered into an agreement to sell a 51% stake to One Caribbean Media Limited (OCM).

Green Dot, headquartered in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, is a licensed
telecommunications operator offering wireless ISP and subscription TV services to residential and business customers in Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and Suriname. OCM is a regional media group quoted on the stock exchanges of Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados under the ticker symbol OCM. The acquisition will close subject to expected regulatory approval.

Green Dot was established in 2004 and under the leadership of CEO Ketan Patel has grown to be an established telecom service provider with a highly recognized brand name. Green Dot is the third largest provider of digital television services and the leading ISP provider in Trinidad and Tobago. Since its founding, the company has also expanded into Grenada and Suriname and is in the process of expanding into other countries in the Caribbean region.

The acquisition will allow Green Dot to leverage OCM’s marketing expertise and resources to continue distributing exclusive content to a growing subscriber base. With OCM’s investment, Green Dot can accelerate subscriber growth and continue expanding into new markets. OCM will use Green Dot’s robust infrastructure and bandwidth to promote new media content and continue its strategy of diversification in the region.

Capstone advised Green Dot on the agreement including facilitating discussions between Green Dot and OCM and providing negotiations assistance.

“Our partnership with OCM is the next step in growing Green Dot and expanding throughout the Caribbean,” said Green Dot CEO, Ketan Patel. “We are happy to have Capstone as our M&A advisor guiding us through the transaction. Their expertise, counsel and professionalism were instrumental in putting together the deal.”

“We are excited to help Green Dot continue expanding in the Caribbean. In partnering with OCM, Green Dot will execute on its strategic plan to grow in the region and bring innovative products and services to more customers,” said Capstone CEO David Braun.

“We are extremely pleased to invest in Green Dot and execute OCM’s diversification strategy. Working with the team at Green Dot and Capstone, we were able to put together a mutually beneficial deal that will help us grow strategically for years to come,” commented Dawn Thomas, the CEO of OCM.

About Capstone

Capstone Strategic, Inc. is a management consulting firm located outside of Washington DC specializing in corporate growth strategies, primarily mergers and acquisitions for the middle market. Founded in 1995 by CEO David Braun, Capstone has facilitated over $1 billion of successful transactions in a wide variety of manufacturing and service industries. Capstone utilizes a proprietary process, “The Roadmap to Acquisitions,” to provide tailored services to clients in a broad range of domestic and international markets. Visit the Capstone website at www.CapstoneStrategic.com.

About Green Dot

Green Dot, Ltd. was founded in 2004 and has since become the leading innovator in telecommunication solutions. Headquartered in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, the company offers wireless ISP and subscription TV services to residential and business customers in the Caribbean region. The Green Dot network has the capacity and capabilities to support today’s mission critical applications such as Virtual Private Networks, Voice and Video over IP, as well as bandwidth intensive applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, and other Business to Business functions. Green Dot is committed to delivering world class solutions backed by unmatched customer support system. Visit the Green Dot website at: www.gd.tt.

About One Caribbean Media

One Caribbean Media Limited was created in January 2006 from the merger of two of the region’s most distinguished and long-standing media enterprises, the Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) Group (Trinidad and Tobago) and the Nation Corporation Group (Barbados). Today OCM is the largest and most diversified media organization in the Caribbean region with businesses in newspapers, radio and television. Visit the OCM website at: www.onecaribbeanmedia.net.

I am excited to announce the launch of our new quarterly newsletter, The M&A Growth Bulletin. This newsletter will deliver essential guidance on growth through M&A along with tips and tactics drawn directly from successful transactions completed in the market.

In the first issue of The M&A Growth Bulletin, we will address five common objections leaders have to M&A and how you can use acquisitions to accelerate your growth. The newsletter will also include tips for strategic growth and highlight interesting deals in the news. These valuable articles will be published exclusively for the M&A Growth Bulletin and accessible by subscribers for free.

The first issue will be published at the beginning of September. Subscribe now if you’d like to have The M&A Growth Bulletin delivered straight to your inbox each quarter.

Photo Credit: Barn Images, Modification: “M&A Growth Bulletin” text and M&A U™ logo added by Capstone Strategic, Inc

Are you looking for growth? If you are like most leaders, the answer is probably “yes.” Growth is essential to every business regardless of industry, size or geography. Even if you are growing now, you must continue to grow to be successful in the future. At Capstone we believe in the maxim “grow or die” and are dedicated to helping our clients grow.

We recently had the opportunity to share our passion for growth with the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO). Capstone Managing Director John Dearing sat down with NACUSO to share our story of bringing strategic mergers and acquisitions to the CUSO world.

What’s your current position and can you give me a brief overview of what it is you do in your work?

In short, we are growth engineers and I’m a Partner and Managing Director at Capstone.

Capstone helps our clients develop and execute strategic, external growth plans – investments and acquisitions, partnerships and alliances. It is my responsibility to make sure our clients are happy. I oversee delivery of client engagements. One of our measures of success is if clients come back for more. We make sure we have the right team to be able to work with clients over long periods of time. We consider it an accomplishment to have worked with some of our clients for decades. In fact, we are proud to continue working with our first client from 1995.

Read the complete interview on the NACUSO website.

As Vice President, Matthew Craft will continue to execute strategic mergers and acquisitions for middle market companies.

Capstone, a leading management consulting firm that helps middle market companies grow through mergers and acquisitions, is pleased to announce the promotion of Matthew (Matt) Craft to Vice President.

In his new position as Vice President, Matt will expand his current role of helping clients achieve their strategic growth goals through mergers and acquisitions by applying Capstone’s proprietary Roadmap methodology. He will assist clients in clarifying their growth objectives, identifying optimum markets to enter or expand in, selecting potential external partners, and negotiating transactions.

At the same time, Matt will shoulder new responsibilities in business development for Capstone, making the firm’s services available to a broader clientele.

Matt joined Capstone in 2005, and during his 11 years at the firm has developed wide experience in helping middle market companies grow through mergers and acquisitions. He has held various positions including Marketing Coordinator, Senior Analyst and Project Manager.

In these roles, he has worked with domestic and international clients, serving both publicly held and private companies in diverse industries such as healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, chemicals and food and beverage. In addition to his client work, Matt has also facilitated workshops, presentations, and webinars for senior-level executives on the subject of acquisitions.

“We are excited to promote Matt to Vice President. He has deep knowledge of Capstone’s Roadmap to Acquisitions methodology and wide experience in working with middle market clients. He will continue to be a great asset in helping companies execute strategic growth through M&A,” said David Braun, CEO of Capstone.

Matt received his BA from the College of William and Mary, his MA from Georgetown University and his MBA from George Mason University.

About Capstone

Capstone Strategic is a management consulting firm located outside of Washington DC specializing in corporate growth strategies, primarily mergers and acquisitions for the middle market. Founded in 1995 by CEO David Braun, Capstone has facilitated over $1 billion of successful transactions in a wide variety of manufacturing and service industries. Capstone utilizes a proprietary process to provide tailored services to clients in a broad range of domestic and international markets. Learn more about Capstone at www.CapstoneStrategic.com.

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Last week Capstone Managing Director John Dearing had the opportunity to attend the 2016 NACUSO Annual Conference on April 4-7, 2016.

Over 400 people attended the Las Vegas event, exchanging ideas and listening to industry experts. Conference topics included investment services, insurance services, innovation and operations, technology, member business lending, mortgage services, and business development.

Erik Wahl, an internationally recognized speed artist, author and entrepreneur, delivered the opening keynote. Wahl’s message “UNTHINK” inspired CUSO leaders to expand creatively beyond traditional thought patterns and unlock new ideas.

John Dearing attended the Conference because of Capstone’s many years of experience in helping CUSO clients grow through M&A.  “It’s an exciting time to be in the CUSO space,” John reported. “Leaders are thinking of new ways to grow and we’re finding increased interest in pursuing strategic M&A as an avenue for growth.”

Below are some snapshots from the trip:

Keynote speaker Erik Wahl presents at the 2016 NACUSO Annual Conference.

Keynote speaker Erik Wahl presents at the 2016 NACUSO Annual Conference.

Erik Wahl's artwork.

Erik Wahl’s artwork.

CUSO leaders listen to industry experts at the 2016 NACUSO Annual Conference.

CUSO leaders listen to industry experts at the 2016 NACUSO Annual Conference.

All photos taken by John Dearing, Managing Director, Capstone.

With every acquisition you have a choice of how you will integrate the two entities. Often buyers assume a “winner-takes-all” approach where they impose their systems and culture on the acquired company. This is not always the best way to successful integration. In fact, it may be best to integrate some of the seller’s practices into your own organization.

In our new M&A Express Videocast, I advocate a strategic approach that leverages the best from both entities. I will also introduce the power of the 100-day plan in achieving a successful integration.

How Far to Integrate

April 5, 1:00 pm – 1:20 PM ET

About M&A Express

M&A Express is a high-impact series of videocasts presented by David Braun, founder of Capstone and author of Successful Acquisitions. Each videocast runs 20 minutes or less, and delivers cutting-edge insights on proven growth strategies for middle market companies. M&A Express is free! M&A Express is free! Visit our website for more information.

Watch previous Videocasts on-demand:

  • Why You Need a Roadmap
  • Where to Start Your Search
  • When to Walk Away
  • The Hidden Power of Minority Ownership
  • Cultural Due Diligence
  • The Letter of Intent: A Key Milestone

Capstone’s survey of middle market executives shows 53% likely to pursue mergers and acquisitions in 2016 compared to 41% when last surveyed.

Capstone surveyed middle market executives from multiple industries on their growth and M&A experience in 2015 and their outlook for 2016. The survey was conducted in December 2015, and followed a previous survey in 2014.

Respondents gave a mixed picture of growth for their industries in 2015. More respondents saw extremes in their industries. Those reporting high growth grew from 4% in 2014 to 11% in 2015, while those reporting contraction grew from 2% in 2014 to 9% in 2015. Between these two poles, most respondents were seeing modest growth in their industries during 2015 (58%).

How likely is it that your company will pursue some form of M&A or external growth in 2016?

How likely is it that your company will pursue some form of M&A or external growth in 2016?

The environment for growth in 2015 was seen by most in a positive light, with the majority reporting the same (46%) or an improved (36%) environment.
M&A activity across the board in 2015 was mostly seen as the same (36%) or growing (33%) when compared to 2014.

Looking forward to the coming year, companies showed a stronger inclination to engage in M&A, compared to predictions when we last asked this question in 2014 (53% certain or likely, compared to 41%).

When asked about their growth goals, respondents were evenly split between “selling current products in new markets” (40%), “creating and selling new products in current markets” (36%), and “increasing sale of current products in current markets” (38%). (Some respondents were pursuing more than one goal).

As for barriers to engaging in M&A, these were largely internal, with respondents citing “lack of resources” (33%) as a primary reason not to pursue transactions.

Capstone’s CEO David Braun said: “This survey confirms what we ourselves observed, that 2015 was an active year for middle market M&A and 2016 is likely to prove an even stronger year. We see a growing polarization between growth-focused companies and those that are sitting on the sidelines. While many companies are still holding cash, more players are emboldened to expand through external growth. This includes acquisitions but also minority ownership deals, joint ventures and strategic alliances. When growth stagnates, M&A can often provide the fastest path forward. When growth is high, companies should seize the opportunity to plan for further expansion.”

The full survey, State of Middle Market M&A, can be viewed by clicking here.

For more than 10 years, Capstone has served as a Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program Partner. The program, run by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, helps businesses expand internationally.

We are excited to continue offering our expertise in strategic planning and external growth to assist companies in realizing their international growth goals. Helping VALET members to execute strategic mergers and acquisitions is one of the key ways we implement our mission.

We also provide complimentary education on international expansion and strategic growth for VALET Program companies. For example, we presented “How to Pick Top-Notch Markets”  at the VALET Spring Meeting in 2015.

Learn more about the VALET Program from the press release.