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Seize Your Opportunity for Growth Explore Credit Union–Bank Mergers with Michael Bell Webinar

Seize Your Opportunity for Growth: Explore Credit Union–Bank Mergers with Michael Bell

Should your credit union acquire a bank? If you are looking for new ways to grow, acquiring a bank may be an option for your credit union. Capstone is excited to host a webinar attorney Michael Bell, who pioneered this new approach and continues to help credit unions acquire banks. The webinar will cover the strategy […]

Before Putting Together a List of Acquisition Targets, Stop and Read This Post

Before Putting Together a List of Acquisition Targets, Stop and Read This Post

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 […]

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 […]

Capstone VP Presents at 2017 January VALET Program Orientation

Capstone Presents at the January 2017 VALET Program Orientation

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 […]

A New Look Capstone's M&A U Logo

A New Look for Capstone’s M&A U™

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 […]

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. […]

M&A Update full year 2016

M&A Update: Full Year 2016 [Infographic]

Global M&A reached $3.7 trillion in 2016, dropping 16%, and the number of deals increased slightly by 1% when compared to last year. While 2016 did not match 2015’s record-levels, activity was still robust. Compared to 2014, activity increased by 5%. Activity in the fourth quarter reached $1.2 trillion with 13,504 deals announced, a 50% […]

2017 Capstone Webinar Schedule

2017 Capstone Webinar Schedule

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 […]

The Street Quotes David Braun on Media Acquisition

The Street Quotes Capstone CEO David Braun on Media Acquisition

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 […]

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 […]

M&A In Review 2016

M&A in Review: Top Posts from 2016

2016 continued be a strategic, rather than a financial buyer’s market and strategic buyers deployed large cash reserves to pursue growth through M&A. Unlike financial buyers, which typically look for a three to five years return on investment, strategic buyers can afford to pay more due to their long-term focus. The middle market has been eager […]

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 […]

Merger or consolidation which is right for your credit union or CUSO

Merger or Consolidation: Which Strategy Is Right for Your Credit Union?

Are you exploring all your options for growth? When you think about a growing your credit union or CUSO through a “merger” strategy, you may be tempted to focus on consolidation alone. While combining two credit unions can be a pathway to growth, it is important to recognize it is just one of a number […]

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 […]

Memphis Business Journal David Braun Verso 2016

Verso Moves to Ohio – David Braun’s Analysis in the Memphis Business Journal

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,” […]

M&A Activity after the U.S. Election: Analysis and Outlook

One month after the U.S. presidential election, there is still a great deal of speculation about what will happen in the M&A market over the next year. Looking back at M&A activity so far this year, compared to 2015 activity, fewer and smaller deals were announced. During the first 9 months of 2016, M&A value […]

The Greatest Risk You Face in Acquisitions

The Greatest Risk You Face in Acquisitions

When you acquire a company, the biggest risk you face in the unknown. You put a potentially large sum of money down for results that are not guaranteed. Whether you are acquiring a company for a new technological capability, to expand your geographic footprint, or for its complementary product line – there’s always the possibility […]