“We would like to do an acquisition, but there are just no good companies to buy.” I’ve heard this sentiment repeatedly throughout the years from both owners of small, family businesses and executives of Fortune 500 firms alike. Identifying the right company to acquire is key to a successful transaction and the process takes significant […]

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Negotiating for an acquisition is unlike most other negotiations where once the deal is finalized, you and the other party will part ways never to see each other again. With strategic acquisitions, often you will continue working with the seller once the transaction closes so protecting your relationship throughout the acquisition process, including during negotiations, […]

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One of the secrets to negotiating a successful acquisition is to negotiate in parallel, not in series. Rather than negotiating each point one by one, put all the issues on the table and discuss them at the same time. While it may seem overwhelming to juggle multiple issues at once, this approach is a much […]

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Buyers often think using a due diligence checklist is the best way to ensure thorough due diligence on the target, but this may not always be the case. A generic list developed by outside “experts” may focus on non-essential issues while glossing over items that are critical to your deal. This is because each acquisition […]

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It’s no secret that credit unions must embrace technology in order to succeed in today’s marketplace. Last year, $31 billion were invested in the fintech industry through M&A, venture financing, and private equity buyouts. In the last four years funding for fintech startups has increased at a compound annual growth rate of 41%, reaching $40 billion […]

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When speaking with an owner for the first time about acquisition, knowing what to say (and what not to say) can be tricky. It is even more challenging in the case of “not-for-sale” acquisitions because you will have to change the owner’s mindset. How do you begin the conversation? When do you address price? And how […]

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Although the new tax law has only been in effect since January 1, we are already seeing its impact on M&A activity. This year there have already been $325 billion in bids, the most activity since 2000. If you are thinking about pursuing M&A in 2018, here are four things to keep in mind: The […]

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The new tax bill signed into law on December 22, 2017 brings about sweeping changes to many aspects of the US tax system, including mergers and acquisitions. Understanding the complex ramifications of the new tax law and how it will impact your company is critical. Join our new webinar with leading tax attorney Alexander Lee to […]

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You’ve identified the perfect company to buy. The target has solid financials, a state-of-the-line facility, and a well-recognized brand name. Acquiring this company would double your revenue today. So, of course you should go for it. What could go wrong? Wait! Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure to conduct thorough market research. One […]

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In the past, traditional tactics may have worked, but the industry is evolving, and credit unions must innovate to succeed. In a low-interest rate environment, one of the areas of concern is how to generate non-interest income. Forward-thinking credit unions are developing new strategies to generate non-interest income while adding value to members. Embracing the […]

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Are you missing out on opportunities for growth?  External growth, where you partner with another organization outside of your own, is often a neglected opportunity. External growth comes in many forms including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, minority interest, and can be tailored to suit your needs. Here are three reasons why external growth […]

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Take your company growth to the next level in 2018. Join our team of M&A professionals for a series of exciting webinars this year. Since 1995, Capstone has helped clients fulfill their dreams by executing strategic growth and mergers and acquisitions and we are happy to share our expertise with you. Join our expert-led webinars […]

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Think back to a time before we all had smartphones and could look up any piece of information on the fly. Not so long ago, we had to plan our trips by doing research ahead of time and using paper maps for directions. Even now, if you travel somewhere without cell service, for example, a […]

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Getting both buyer and seller to agree to and sign a letter of intent (LOI) is a critical milestone in the M&A process. The LOI provides the basic guidelines for the deal moving forward: It outlines major issues like fundamental terms, price, agreement on major business points, and sets forth buyer exclusivity for a period […]

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CUSOs are investing in startups and fintech to add innovative services and products in a dynamic financial services industry. The success of these organizations rests on talented individuals who often come from the for-profit world and have different motivators than those in the traditional, non-profit credit union model. In order to maximize the value of […]

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In merging two distinct companies there are many legal technicalities that need to be reviewed to finalize the deal, so it’s critical to hire an attorney to help cover your bases. Lawyers typically assist in drafting legal documents like the letter of intent and acquisition agreement, and even employment agreements to keep key employees at […]

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Price is one of the most exciting factors in mergers and acquisitions. Buyers think about the potential synergies and revenue that a strategic acquisition can bring to their firm while owners are motivated by a big pay day from selling. In order to determine price, buyers and sellers use valuation, a set of established procedures, […]

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Do you have a strong strategy? A robust plan of action can be the difference between success and failure for your credit union. In order to thrive in today’s environment, credit unions must go beyond “business as usual” and consider outside perspectives to growth. Learn how to develop innovative ideas you can begin implementing at […]

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Learn how to successfully plan and execute the integration of two companies. The closing of a deal is the fruition of months — even years — of hard work. With it, though, comes a whole new round of work that begins the moment the ink dries on the agreement. The integration of companies is a […]

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Failure to plan and execute integration properly can undo months or even years of hard work. More than 30% of companies fail to achieve their revenue goals after a deal closes. This is unfortunate, but also not too surprising. For some reason, perhaps because it comes at the end of the M&A process, leaders tend […]

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