Hollywood would have us believe that the bulk of M&A transactions are a ruse to split of up newly acquired firms, but the reality is most deals average $100 million in size and are not nearly as dramatic as the movies. In today’s environment, where the world is changing quickly, and customers are seeking additional […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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,” […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Capstone CEO David Braun’s Analysis in the Memphis Business Journal Verso Paper, after acquiring NewPage Holdings for $1.4 billion in January 2014, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Verso, which manufactures coated paper used in products like magazines, is struggling in a declining market. With its new acquisition, the company failed to realize desired economies […]

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The Letter of Intent (LOI) is far more than a legal document. It’s a key milestone in the M&A process and can be a powerful tool for getting the deal done. The LOI provides an opportunity to solidify your relationship with the seller and brings about a new level of commitment and resolve to getting the […]

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We are excited to share our expertise on strategic growth through M&A with our new M&A U™ Webinar certificate. The M&A U™ Webinar certificate will be awarded to those who attend all 12 monthly Capstone Webinars live. Each live webinar features a seasoned M&A expert sharing practical tools and tactics to accelerate your company’s growth. CPE […]

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2015 was the “strongest year for deal making on record,” according to Thomson Reuters.  Global deal value reached $4.7 trillion, a 42% increase from 2014, and U.S. deal value reached $2.3 billion, a 64% increase. Despite this record-breaking activity, the number of deals announced globally remained relatively flat and in the U.S., the number of deals actually decreased by 1.65% […]

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In light of recent FTC rulings against market domination, Sysco has changed its M&A strategy to focus on smaller, strategic deals rather than large transformative deals. Although Sysco’s change is motivated by regulatory obstacles to larger acquisitions, using strategic, smaller deals is an excellent approach from a strategic perspective. We have long recommended that our […]

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In my over 20 years of pursing strategic, not-for-sale acquisitions for clients, the most important piece of advice I have is: be prepared. It may sound simple, but I cannot stress enough how critical preparation is to M&A success. This applies to every stage of the Roadmap to Acquisitions, our M&A process, from initial strategy […]

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On yesterday’s M&A Express videocast, The Hidden Power of Minority Ownership, I mentioned Marcus Lemonis, a businessman who turns around struggling businesses in the CNBC show, the Profit. I’ve written about Lemonis before on the blog, and how he really prefers to use minority ownership so that the founders or original owners of the business continue to […]

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On September 23 we will be launching the second series of M&A Express. The new series will feature the following videocasts: The Hidden Power of Minority Ownership Cultural Due Diligence Register for the complete series We are also pleased to announce previous videocasts from our first series of M&A Express are now available online whenever you wish […]

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If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably noticed the Successful Acquisitions Blog has a new look. You can still find the latest on middle-market M&A at our redesigned site. This mobile-friendly site features a fresh design that’s easy to read on all your devices. So now you can follow middle-market M&A whether you’re in the office […]

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Negotiation is a critical skill, especially in mergers and acquisitions where negotiating involves more than forcing the other party to agree to your terms. Experienced M&A negotiators understand the importance of the human factor. In acquisitions, negotiations are not about winning or losing, but bringing two sides to an agreement. This concept is extremely important […]

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Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to present an alumni webinar, “Grow or Die: Strategic Mergers & Acquisitions,” for the College of William and Mary Mason School of Business. I had a great time sharing my passion for company growth with my alma mater and fellow alumni.  Here is a behind-the-scenes picture of me […]

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Sometimes an acquisition that looked promising turns out to be less than ideal as you get closer to finalizing the deal. The question becomes: Should we proceed or should we back out? Join me for our new M&A Express videocast, “When to Walk Away,” on May 13th. M&A Express is new, complimentary resource for middle market […]

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