Every company is for sale, for the right equation. This maxim applies to companies in any industry, including credit unions and CUSOs.  In “CUSO Consolidation Should Begin With Benefits” the Credit Union Times reports insights from Capstone’s webinar with NACUSO  presented by Managing Director John Dearing. Read the entire article here: “CUSO Consolidation Should Begin With Benefits.” […]

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How can you quickly grow a CUSO? Consider acquisition. Acquisition or external growth is a powerful tool for any organization – regardless of industry. Often, acquisition is one of the quickest and most effective ways to grow. As CUSOs grow so do opportunities for business mergers and acquisitions. Yesterday, Capstone Managing Director John Dearing presented […]

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By John Dearing, Managing Director McKinsey & Company recently published an article on using M&A as a tool to give your company a competitive advantage. The article addresses some key aspects of M&A we find important at Capstone. You should develop your strategy first when approaching M&A and always have a full pipeline of acquisition […]

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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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Last Wednesday was an exciting day at the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Capstone’s Managing Director, John Dearing, presented the talk “Entrepreneur/CEO: Mergers and Acquisitions in the CUSO World” during a breakout session at the conference. Acquisition is one of the fastest and most exciting ways to […]

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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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While visiting my brother’s family and partaking in a delicious cupcake during my niece’s one year milestone birthday celebration, I had a valuation thought…she was doing what most kids at that age do: copying the older kids’ movements. Waving, smiling, stuffing cake in her face and, of course, throwing everything. Adults, some very experienced, tend […]

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As children head back to school this Fall, I found myself thinking about the descriptors used to paint a picture of a child going to school and executives entering the world of M&A for the first time.  Fear and apprehension about the unknown.  Will I succeed?  Will we be able to keep up?  Will I have […]

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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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Join Capstone Strategic Managing Director John Dearing & Valuation Advisor Todd Nelson as they discuss Advanced Valuation Techniques in a Capstone Webinar on Wednesday, June 29. For many, business valuation is a complex, intimidating topic.  While valuation is simply a process and set of procedures used to determine what a business is worth, it requires […]

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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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As we all see deal volumes and associated valuations increase, it is more important than ever to have a robust pipeline of acquisition prospects that you are evaluating, getting to know and meeting with.  We see clients every day focused on one particular candidate and end up broken-hearted when their chosen one slips away.  Could […]

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This post was written by Capstone Managing Director John Dearing: A client recently asked us to help with VALUATION on a deal they had in their pipeline.  It started off innocently enough.  Walking through Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) basics, adjusting the model to make it more user friendly, and adding terminal value to their model. […]

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This post was submitted by Capstone Managing Director John Dearing: When you meet with a target company OWNER, make sure you capture your thoughts immediately thereafter. There are several reasons this is important: 1. You will (if properly prepared) undoubtedly gain valuable insights into the inner workings of the company 2. This data should be […]

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When is enough planning, enough? As strategic buyers, our clients are constantly seeking additional data on acquisition prospects.  This is not a bad perspective, but it does become an issue when they don’t have the ideal data set for evaluation purposes established at the beginning of the process – to compare candidates to each other […]

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John Dearing, Managing Director of Washington, DC- based external growth consulting firm Capstone, is hosting a webinar with Capstone Analyst Bob Kwaja. 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 […]

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Two separate clients asked me for a Letter of Intent (LOI) sample within 48 hours.  Other typical questions include:  “What should an LOI contain (or not include)?” and “Why use an Memorandum of Understanding or a Term Sheet versus an LOI?” Capstone looks at an LOI (and all of its derivatives) as a “marketing” document.  […]

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When our new clients inquire about how we make prioritization decisions with limited data in the world of M&A, our answer is simple and straight-forward – you don’t need all the information as long as you have the CRITICAL information.  Consider this process: •         Step #1 – You need “screening” criteria that will help you […]

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According to CFOs recently polled by Merrill Datasite, “87.1% of respondent are considering M&A activity as a means to grow.”   We at Capstone agree – the time is right to make a BOLD move – growing proactively through external growth.  Our clients are using acquisitions and investments to create a competitive advantage by adding capability […]

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Clients always want to know how  we can quickly understand the perspective of the owner of the acquisition target.  Over the past 15 years focusing on the privately-held, not-for-sale space, we have a 98% success rate getting our clients in meaningful conversations and meetings with companies that are deemed to be a strategic fit. The […]

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