Acquirers are favoring smaller acquisitions over mega deals. If you were to compare M&A in 2017 to previous years, you might think that dealmaking is declining, but a closer look at the data tells a different story. Although announced US deal value decreased by 16 percent in the first half of 2017, the number of […]

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Private equity firms are increasingly acquiring minority interests in public companies in order to grow, according to the Wall Street Journal. The landscape for PE is changing. Firms are facing tough competition from strategic acquirers who have cash on their balance sheets and are typically willing to spend more on an acquisition. At the same […]

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In 2015, record valuations drove a boom in mergers and acquisitions activity, leaving many to wonder when the deal bubble would burst. In 2015, US buyout firms paid an average of 10.3 times EBITDA compared with the previous record of an average 9.7 times multiple in 2007. Despite hitting a peak, valuations are still expected […]

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As we near the end of the fourth quarter, everyone is wondering what will happen in 2016. Will the frenzied M&A activity of 2015 continue into the new year? There seem to be mixed reviews on what activity will look like next year. The Intralinks deal flow predictor indicates a 7% increase in global M&A […]

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I decided to answer a very basic, but important question about M&A, given that we often talk about strategic acquisitions. Q: What’s the difference between a financial and a strategic buyer? A: A financial buyer brings little inherent value to the transaction. Typically they bring capital and capital allocation knowledge, but usually no specific knowledge […]

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If you’re strategic acquirer, 2015 will be a good year for you. In 2014 we started to see companies, especially strategic acquirers be more aggressive about M&A. This likely will continue and even accelerate in 2015, especially since many still have a record amount of cash on their balance sheets. While we’ve had a pretty […]

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Strong healthcare M&A activity is predicted for 2014 as the industry faces market and regulatory changes.  Click on the infographic for a closer look at 2013 trends and 2014 predictions.

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Private equity investors and strategic buyers are enthusiastic about 2014. Of the U.S. executives polled recently by EY Americas Transaction Advisory Services, 41 % said they expect to pursue at least one acquisition in 2014, compared with only 23 % polled at the end of 2012.  Uncertainty in regulation remains one of the biggest challenges […]

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Last quarter, we predicted there would be a wave of deals in the private equity sector in the coming months. While we may not have seen a “wave” of transactions, deal volume has slowly, but steadily increased in 2013, according to GF Data. While the number of PE deals has not reached a 4Q 2012 […]

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Neiman Marcus has been sold by private equity groups TPG and Warburg Pincus for $6 billion to Canadian PE firm Ares Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Group (CPPIB). TPG and Warburg filed for an IPO earlier this summer but kept their options open, Forbes reports. This transaction is not really surprising given the conditions […]

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by John Dearing, Capstone Managing Director GF Data recently published a report noting private equity deals valued between $10 and 250 million averaged 6.4x – the highest levels in three quarters.  This data is an interesting indicator of the M&A market. Although multiples are up, deal volumes remain sluggish for private equity as a whole.  […]

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by John Dearing, Capstone Managing Director Housing prices are on the rebound, there’s talk of interest rates on student loans increasing and Private Equity fundraising has reached the highest level since the financial crisis began. In Q2 2013 PE raised over $122 billion, a 36% increase from the same period one year ago (Q2 2012).  These […]

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On May 1, Pearson Candy Co., a regional candy manufacturer headquartered in St. Paul, bought one of Nestle’s smaller brands, Bit-O-Honey. The company plans to manufacture Bit-O-Honey at its existing plant in St. Paul along with regional favorites like the Salted Nut Roll. When people think of acquisition, they often think of highly publicized megadeals […]

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The largest US-based retailer of cupcakes has agreed to sell to a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) called 57th Street General Acquisition Corp for $66 million.  A SPAC is a publicly traded company that raises capital for the purpose of buying companies – think of a private equity company only the money comes from investors […]

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Private equity fundraising from 82 closed funds totaled only $41 Billion in the second quarter – the lowest level since 2003, according to the Private Equity Professional Digest. This is important news for strategic buyers because it continues to demonstrate that financial buyers will remain limited in their M&A activity – but that the clock […]

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Caterpillar announced it is acquiring Electro-Motive Diesel for $820 Million.  The company, which has revenues of about $1.8 billion is currently owned by two private equity firms who acquired it from General Motors in 2005 for around $200 million (read my other post about PE divesting before tax rates increase). Caterpillar already owns a railcar […]

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Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal had an article about how poorly large private equity deals have performed.   No wonder.  What value do they bring to the company?  Stripping off and selling key assets, re- re-leveraging the balance sheet.   How does this financial engineering grow or improve a company? Well, maybe some financial discipline is needed.  But […]

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Cerberus Capital Management agreed to acquire DynCorp for $1 Billion on April 12.  DynCorp is a Virginia-based defense contractor who focuses on low-technology, high people-centric government contracts in hostile areas like Afghanistan.  Cerberus, probably best known for its acquisition of Chrysler, sees this as a way to expand its government business. There were four things […]

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The M&A statistics for the third quarter of 2009 are in and show the vast majority of the deals getting done are strategic.  The economic crisis and concerns over deal financing continued to significantly hold down the number and value of deals when compared to the same period last year.  Today, a Wall Street Journal […]

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It seems that in the world of private equity, middle-market funds are enjoying the greatest success in this bleak deal-making landscape.  The main reason given: …small and middle-market firms are getting the attention of the PE shops because they can be had without piling on gobs of debt Right now, they are also considered a […]

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