Campbell plans to sell its fresh foods and international businesses to refocus on core products in North America. The fresh foods business includes brands such as Bolthouse Farms and Garden Fresh Gourmet, which were acquired in 2012 and 2015, respectively. In a time when many food and beverage companies are seeking to increase their hold […]

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Nestle is selling its US chocolate business, which includes brands such as BabyRuth, Butterfinger, and Crunch to Ferrero for $2.8 billion. The deal is part of Nestle’s strategy to sell underperforming brands and refocus on healthier products and fast-growing markets. Nestle recently acquired vitamin maker Altrium Innovations for $2.3 billion and is rumored to be […]

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Capstone advised ATW on long-term strategy which resulted in the divestment of the Stamping Division to refocus on ATW’s core business. Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today that ATW Companies (ATW) of Warwick, Rhode Island has sold its Stamping Division to Crystal Engineering (Crystal) of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Capstone advised ATW on its long-term strategy to refocus […]

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Middle market companies have faced many challenges to growth, but the tide is now turning. Previously, we had observed the dumbbell effect, where at either end of the spectrum massive corporations and small businesses flourished while middle market companies were caught in between. Unlike large multinational corporations, many middle market companies cannot leverage the same […]

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News in from Coca-Cola reminds us that growth is more about recalibration than it is about adding size. According to the Wall Street Journal, Coke plans to sell off all of its US manufacturing plants by 2017. Why would they do that? Coke has struggled with its asset heavy distribution over the past couple of […]

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Sometimes, a business must first become smaller in order to grow. What I mean is that in order to focus on your strategic goals and respond to changes in demand and in the market, you may need to less of something. This includes stopping a specific product line, shedding customers, or even divesting of an entire […]

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CVS’s $1.9 billion acquisition of Target’s pharmacy business is one of the more interesting deals in the news for a number of reasons. Let’s take a look at the transaction and explore why it makes sense strategically for both buyer and seller. With this deal, CVS will have the opportunity to expand its footprint in […]

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Pharmaceutical companies are using acquisition to become “pointy,” or more focused. Two recent examples are Bayer and Merck.  Bayer is focusing on over the counter medications by acquiring Merck’s consumer care business for $14.2 billion. On the other hand, Merck has become more streamlined through divestment. As I’ve mentioned before, although divestment means becoming smaller, […]

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If your company’s organic growth has hit a plateau or is in decline, leaving the current market may be your best option. If the odds against your success are rising steadily, I strongly encourage you to think about divestment. After seven years, British supermarket chain Tesco is exiting the U.S. market. Tesco is selling its […]

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“Growth” is not what typically comes to mind when we hear a company is selling a part of its business. Our natural intuition is to think growth is simply about getting bigger. But growth is about more than expanding – it’s about recalibration. Economies and markets continually change and, at times, contraction may be the […]

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When you hear the word “grow,” you probably think of getting bigger:  having more customers, more markets, more products, or more revenue. I prefer to see growth strategy as a way to recalibrate your company, enabling you to become increasingly focused and effective. Recalibration is a continual necessity today, because economic and technological changes are […]

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Last week, Wendy’s announced it is divesting the Arby’s chain and focusing on growing Wendy’s.  Exiting or divestiture is one of my Five Options for Growth and many executives often think of it as retreat rather than growth. I say otherwise.  Yeah! to Wendy’s.  As the Wall Street Journal reported today this… “is an industry […]

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This post was contributed by Capstone Senior Vice President Wes Teague: Lockheed Martin (LM), one of the country’s largest government contractors, recently announced its intention to sell or spin off one of its oldest and profitable units, the Enterprise Integration Group.  The EIG,  a unit of LM for 42 years and with revenues of over […]

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PWC reported recently that 46% of CEO’s in their survey indicate they plan to sell their company, and of these 66% said they plan to sell within the next five years.  The primary reason cited in the report is to diversify and create liquidity. My experience with CEO’s of privately held firms is they typically […]

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A recent New York Times article, “How to Sell Your Business” provided some excellent advice about how to sell your own business. It recommended assembling “a team of professionals..an attorney and an accountant that you trust”. This is good counsel and should be followed by anyone selling, or buying, a business. However, the article also […]

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From my recent experience working with middle-market companies, I would have to agree with this article that states that there were an increasing number of divestitures by multinational corporations (MNC) in 2009.  In particular, my work in the specialty chemical industry showed me that the economic downturn has forced many MNC’s to reassess their portfolios. […]

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The New York Stock Exchange ended 2009 up nearly 30% over 2008.  That makes a lot of individuals feel better about the economy because they “feel” wealthier. Companies are no different.  With an up market we expect M&A activity to increase, generally as a laggard to the equities market.  Think about it:  a company’s stock […]

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Our buy-side clients at Capstone are seeing the same trend that a recent Reuters article reported: “Companies are making moves to divest assets that are not essential to their operations, while stronger firms, nudged on by their boards and shareholders, are looking to grow and position themselves for the recovery.”  This leads to numerous “orphan” non-core product […]

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As the Wall Street Journal pointed out last week, many Mom-and-Pop operations lack formal crisis plans – and are shutting down as a result of the current economy.  In our experience, this lack of planning is not limited to family enterprises.  It is disturbing how many firms – small, medium and even large – lack […]

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