In today’s rapidly changing environment where regulations are evolving, new technology and competitors are challenging traditional models, and members are demanding more from their financial institutions, many credit unions are realizing they must expand beyond business as usual to keep up with demand. Credit unions are increasingly executing strategic acquisitions, partnerships, collaborations, and investments in […]

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“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 […]

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3M, the maker of Post-it, will acquire Scott Safety from Johnson Controls for $2 billion to build up its safety division. This is the second largest acquisition for 3M after its purchase of Capital Safety, a maker of fall protection equipment such as harnesses, lanyards, and self-retracting lifelines, from KKR & Co. for $2.5 billion […]

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There’s a myth that acquisitions are only executed by huge, publicly-traded, Fortune 500 companies, but that’s simply not the true. In reality, there are many acquisitions conducted by small and middle market firms that are private transactions and are not reported to the media. There are many reasons to consider acquisitions, regardless of the size […]

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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 […]

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Recent analysis shows that deal activity reached $435 billion in the first quarter of 2016 in North America and Europe. This is the second highest total on record and 84% of the deals were executed by strategic buyers. Companies with lots of cash on their balance sheets and are now willing to deploy some of it […]

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Last week, thousands of investors gathered at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting in Omaha. Warren Buffett, perhaps one of the greatest strategic acquirers, shared his insights for successful acquisitions. There are two pearls of Buffett wisdom, reported direct from the meeting by Dealbook that I’d like to highlight in this post. Looking at the Big […]

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Reflecting the growth of ecommerce, shoe retailer DSW will acquire Ebuys, Inc., the company announced on February 17.  At $62 million, the acquisition may seem tiny compared to such newsmakers as Sysco’s $3.1 billion deal to acquire Brakes Group or IBM’s $2.6 billion deal to acquire Truven Health Analytics. But there are opportunities to learn […]

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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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Credit unions’ traditional use of consolidation as one way to grow is a trend likely to rise over the next five years, according to industry experts. While the percentage of these deals climbs, there actually are fewer mergers because there are fewer credit unions. There were 4% fewer credit unions in September 2015 than one […]

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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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Credit union consolidations are on the rise in 2015, continuing a trend from previous years. There were 14% fewer credit unions in March 2015 than there were in March 2010, according to data from CUDATA.com. As credit unions consolidate, the number of smaller credit unions is decreasing while the number of large credit unions between $100-$500 million and over […]

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By now, many of you will have heard of Berkshire Hathaway’s $37.2 billion acquisition of Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC), an aerospace parts manufacturer. The acquisition is Berkshire Hathaway’s largest to-date which goes to show with each strategic acquisition, Berkshire Hathaway must make bigger and bigger deals to “move the needle.” Strategic and to the Point […]

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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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Credit unions have in the past year or so embraced strategic mergers and acquisitions with fervor. This was especially evident at the CUES Execu/Summit I spoke at last week. While strategic M&A in the credit union industry is not new, I’m excited about the enthusiasm that now surrounds the topic. Capstone has been active in […]

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Capstone CEO and author David Braun will present “Grow or Die: Strategic Mergers and Acquisitions” at the CUES Execu/Summit on March 3, 2015 at Snowmass, Colorado. CUES is a leading organization dedicated to educating credit union professionals, directors and suppliers. About 80-90 executives and board members from the credit union industry will attend the Execu/Summit […]

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John Dearing, Capstone Managing Director, was asked to write an op-ed for the Credit Union Times about the ways that credit unions can find additional sources of non-interest income. I’ve included part of John’s article below: Every industry faces change and the credit union industry is no different. Market developments and new regulations are challenging credit unions […]

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Family Dollar and Dollar Tree finally have reached a deal to merge for $8.5 billion. This merger comes after months of negotiations between Family Dollar, Dollar Tree and Dollar General. Family Dollar and Dollar Tree originally came to an agreement last July, but Dollar General quickly stepped in with a higher offer. Interestingly, although Dollar […]

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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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Are you unusually busy? If you’re like most people the answer is yes! With the holiday season upon us, we are most of us inundated with commitments to work, family and friends. While it might be easy to get caught up in the bustle of the season, I recommend pausing to plan your growth path […]

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