At first glance you may ask, “Why in the world would Warren Buffett buy Duracell?” One explanation is financial. Through a bit of fiscal engineering Berkshire Hathaway is able to avoid triggering significant taxes. The Duracell transaction, is essentially a merger through a stock swap. Berkshire will give P&G $4.7 billion of the shares it […]

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John Dearing, Capstone’s managing director, presented a webinar on “How to Grow Your Business: Mergers and Acquisitions” on September 24 to a group of Bucknell students and alumni. Recognizing a rising interest in business growth and mergers and acquisitions, Bucknell Alumni Career Services invited John, a 1991 graduate, to share his expertise with his fellow […]

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“The danger with a mergers-and-acquisitions boom is that chief executives could allow themselves to get carried away by the thrill of the hunt, reducing their focus on internal investment projects that might have a better chance of bearing fruit,” says the New York Time’s Dealbook column. M&A activity has reached record highs and shows no […]

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International is determined to grow through acquisitions.  Already actively pursuing a deal with Allergan, the maker of Botox, Valeant is reportedly seeking another contact lens company. CEO Michael Pearson said the company “will not be content to remain the No. 4 global player in the contact lens industry.” Valeant has a history of […]

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Two of the largest chicken producers, Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods, have been fighting over Hillshire Farms. On Monday, Tyson Foods raised its offer to $63 a share in cash, which values Hillshire at $7.7 billion. Last week, Pilgrim’s Pride had raised its bid 22% to $55 a share; however Pilgrim’s Pride has withdrawn its […]

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The biggest tech M&A disasters were the Time Warner-AOL $350 billion merger and Google’s $12.3 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility.  In my observations, the greatest hurdle facing tech mergers is integration. Even where the strategy of the acquisition is solid, if the integration of the two workforces and assets is not executed properly, it will fail.  Even […]

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Did you know about 97% of acquisitions are small to mid-sized companies? Acquisition is an effective tool that can be used by companies of any size, not just those in the Fortune 500. To see how, watch my interview with Matthew Lesko. When we think of mergers and acquisitions, we often only think of mergers […]

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Acquisitions fail for reasons that range from lack of compelling strategic rationale to inadequate due diligence to conflicting cultures. I think many would say acquisitions fail because too much was paid for them. While overpaying is certainly a reason for failure, I would not say it is the top reason. In my experience, I have […]

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Many people see due diligence as a formal process of checking documents toward the end of the acquisition process. The traditional functions of due diligence in company acquisitions have included: 1) Evaluating strengths and weaknesses 2) Uncovering liabilities 3) Renegotiating based on findings 4) Checking the boxes and filling in the blanks All of these […]

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David Braun, CEO of Washington, DC-based external growth consulting firm Capstone, is hosting a webinar. We’ve heard from our audience that they want an opportunity to earn CPE credits by the end of the year, so we’ve developed a webinar on an in-demand topic: current legal topics in M&A. Even if you are not a […]

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Join Capstone CEO David Braun as he leads a webinar on how to successfully plan and execute the integration of two companies. The closing of a deal is the fruition of months — even years — of hard work. With it, though, comes a whole new round of work that begins the moment the ink […]

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Edelman Financial Group agreed to sell their business for $258 million which is reported to be a 43% premium over their stock price. The interesting thing is the agreement includes a 40 day “go-shop clause” where the company can seek higher bids. I have been talking about these provisions for several years and expect you’ll […]

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John Dearing, Managing Director of Washington, DC- based external growth consulting firm Capstone, is hosting a webinar. You’ve formulated your acquisition strategy. You’ve assembled your growth team. You’ve researched and selected the top markets for growth. Now, let Capstone show you how to find the best acquisition targets in those markets. The next step in […]

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Wednesday, February 29 at 1:00 PM ET Register NOW! David Braun, CEO of Washington, DC- based external growth consulting firm Capstone, is hosting a webinar to help you understand the market and to help stimulate the growth of your business. There is a unique opportunity in the market to grow your business through M&A. However, […]

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Don’t let a rocky integration spoil the fruits of a partnership that has been primed for success. Let Capstone help you understand how to plan and prepare for a happy marriage of two companies! David will speak for approximately one hour followed by a question-and-answer session. You’ll learn how to: -Explain the different levels of […]

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As someone who has always preached that valuation is more of an “art than science,” I found it interesting when reading a recent Washington Post article on cooking ribs that one of the experts used this same phrase.  Of course, he was referring to the ambient temperature outside of the smoker and the amount of […]

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It is common for a business owner to comment about how many times they have been approached about selling their business, particularly if it is a successful one. So in the not-for-sale market of M&A, how do you as the buyer break through the noise and competition? Recently we had a client looking for a […]

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One of our clients just finished evaluating an auction opportunity. Our proactive process makes auctions more efficient because we pre-define what our clients seek. So, when offering memos are received, a quick benchmarking of critical data versus criteria can lead to a very efficient YES/NO Pursue/Pass decision.  You don’t need to even read the whole […]

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The housing market is abuzz with cash buyers who seek bargains and don’t want the delays and hassles of securing bank financing. There are several advantages of paying all cash – you can generally get a lower price from the seller because the risk of the deal falling through is lower and the buyer can […]

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AOL is reportedly paying $315 Million for the Huffington Post with most of the payment in cash.  Must be some former Time Warner shareholders who remember how it worked out for them to take stock.  The strategy is to bring content to AOL’s pipeline.  Sound familiar?  Huffington currently has revenues of around $50 Million – […]

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