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What the Middle Market Can Learn from Big Mergers

What the Middle Market Can Learn from Big Mergers

Multi-million and billion dollar deals dominate the news, and sometimes it can be difficult to see how these transactions apply to your company. But if you look past the zeroes and dig down into the “why” of an acquisition, you’ll find there are many lessons for middle market executives looking to grow their companies through […]

Negotiation in M&A Don't Ruin the Buyer Seller Relationship

Negotiating in M&A: Don’t Ruin the Buyer-Seller Relationship

Negotiating for an acquisition is quite a bit different than any other type of negotiation. Unlike a debate or argument, where your goal is to soundly best the opposite side no matter the cost, in acquisition, you must achieve your goal while maintaining a positive relationship with the opposite side. This is because you’ll likely […]

Capstone Announces Closing of Deal between Trinidad and Tobago’s Green Dot and One Caribbean Media

Capstone Announces Closing of Deal between Trinidad and Tobago’s Green Dot and One Caribbean Media

Capstone announced today that Green Dot, a telecommunications provider headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago, has received regulatory approval to sell a 51% stake to One Caribbean Media. The acquisition allows Green Dot to continue reaching new markets and rapidly growing its subscriber base. Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today that Green Dot, Ltd. (Green Dot) has […]

3 Ways to Combat Rumors in Mergers and Acquisitions

3 Ways to Combat Rumors in Mergers and Acquisitions

From the somewhat plausible to the downright outrageous, rumors abound whenever a transaction is announced. While some rumors may be innocuous, unfortunately others may have lasting, damaging effects on your company and employee morale so it’s important to quickly put a stop to them. Here are three practical steps to kill gossip and reduce confusion. […]

Verizon Acquires Straight Path

Verizon to Acquire Straight Path to Build 5G Network

Verizon will acquire Straight Path Communications for $3.1 billion, beating out AT&T’s initial offer of $1.25 billion. The primary driver for the deal is accessing Straight Path’s millimeter wave spectrum which will be key to building a faster 5G network. Disruptive technology and evolving consumer habits are reshaping the telecommunications industry at a rapid pace […]

5 Things Middle Market Leaders Should Know About Today’s Market

5 Things Middle Market Leaders Should Know About Today’s Market

Last week the Wall Street Journal hosted the Middle Market Network to discuss issues relevant to middle market firms in the US. The good news is that middle market companies are getting healthier. With an increase in M&A activity and a boom in the construction industry, middle market businesses are growing and CEO confidence is […]

Due diligence more than a hammer webinar

Due Diligence – More than Just a Hammer

Due diligence is more than just hammering away at a company to find out everything that might be wrong with it. It is about taking a focused approach throughout the acquisition process to uncover key points that will help you methodically evaluate a company to make sure it is the right fit. Traditionally, due diligence […]

How to Face the Pressure of Today’s Business Environment

How to Face the Pressures of Today’s Business Environment

All companies, even those that are profitable, face pressure from today’s economic environment.  Whether its regulatory hurdles, increased competition, geopolitical risk, or new technology, the world today is constantly changing. Unfortunately, many companies realize this too late and “suddenly” find themselves in an impossible situation that is incredibly difficult to reverse. The best way to […]

How to Bridge the Price Gap in Acquisitions

How to Bridge the Price Gap in Acquisitions

Price is often the number one focus in mergers and acquisitions and everyone is eager to get down to the numbers. However, as you might expect, buyers and sellers have very different expectations on price, which can lead to friction between the two parties. On the one hand, most sellers plan to offer their business […]

David Braun, CEO of Capstone and Kirk Drake, CEO of Ongoing Operations at the NACUSO 2017 Network Conference.

How CUSOs and Entrepreneurs Can Build Successful Partnerships – Insights from NACUSO

Credit unions and CUSOs are using their investing powers to be more innovative and entrepreneurial when it comes to technology and new products and services. Many are exploring co-investing with individuals and business founders who are looking for additional capital from credit unions. While these partnerships between credit union investors and individuals generate fresh new […]

Amazon Acquires Souq

Why Acquisition Is Not All about Price: Amazon Acquires Souq

Many are convinced that the buyer with the most money always wins the deal. Although many acquisitions by financial acquirers and strategic buyers are driven by the desire to grow revenue and the company’s bottom line, it is possible to win an acquisition without offering the most amount of money. A successful acquisition is about […]

4 Reasons to Consider Not-for-sale Acquisitions

4 Reasons to Consider “Not-for-Sale” Acquisitions

Think you can only acquire a for-sale company? Think again. Although it may seem impossible to buy a “not-for-sale” company, a company that is “not-for-sale” simply means it is not actively thinking about selling. However if the owner receives a compelling offer, they might change their mind. Here are four reasons why a not-for-sale acquisition […]

Going with your gut - common acquisition mistake

Going with Your Gut: A Common M&A Mistake

“We’ll know it when we see it,” many leaders say when asked to define their ideal acquisition. Unfortunately, this approach is a recipe for disaster. How will you know if it is the right company for acquisition based solely on your gut instinct? This is not how we, as business leaders, approach other decisions so […]

M&A Update 1Q 2017

M&A Update: Expect Robust M&A through 1Q 2018

M&A activity has been trending upward in the last year and half to two years. There was a particular uplift in 2015 which reached the record-breaking value of $4.3 trillion worldwide. Some of that was fear-based because of what was going to happen with capital gain rates so many deals were completed in the latter half […]

Krispy Kreme Owner Acquires Panera to Compete with Starbucks

Krispy Kreme Owner Acquires Panera to Compete with Starbucks

JAB Holding Company announced it would acquire Panera Bread for $7.5 billion to further its presence in the US fast-casual restaurant market. The transaction is expected to close in Q3 2017. The acquisition also gives JAB access to Panera’s experienced management. Chief Executive Ron Shaich and the management team will continue leading Panera after the […]

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 […]

Heightened Dealmaking Predicted for 2017

“Heightened” Dealmaking Predicted for 2017

It seems like 2017 will be a strong year for acquisitions. A new report highlights a number of factors that could drive activity this year including the record levels of cash held by private equity firms and a favorable lending environment for borrowers. Potential changes to U.S. tax policy under the new administration could reduce […]