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3 Things You Should Know About Doing Business Internationally in Today’s Climate

3 Things You Should Know About Doing Business Internationally in Today’s Climate

The US may be the largest economy, but the 15 fastest growing economies are in Africa or Asia with Ethiopia topping the list with a projected GDP of 7.9% for 2019. For comparison, the US GDP was 2.2% in 2018. Access to these fast-growing markets is one of the primary drivers for international expansion. In […]

CFO Focus How To Boost Your Credit Union’s Non-Interest Income

CFO Focus: How To Boost Your Credit Union’s Non-Interest Income

Four tips for investing in credit union service organizations as a solid way to build your bottom line without increasing fees. Credit unions are relying more on non-interest income to grow. Over the past 10 years, non-interest income as a percentage of gross income has risen from 19% in 2008 to 27% in 2018, according […]

Why Due Diligence Should be Forward Looking

Why Due Diligence Should Be Forward Looking

If you look at a due diligence check list, you’ll commonly find 3-5-year financial statements, employment agreements, leasing contracts, and past litigation on the list. While reviewing these documents is important, they only reveal part of the picture because they focus heavily on past performance. Thorough due diligence involves both looking backward and forward and […]

CUbroadcast Interview: Capstone on Disruptive Innovation at the NACUSO Network Conference

Data analytics, artificial intelligence, member experience – these were a few of the exciting ideas discussed at the NACUSO Network Conference this year. Edelweiss Harrison, Vice President at Capstone, had the opportunity to exchange ideas with innovative credit union and CUSO leaders at the conference this year in San Diego on April 14-17, 2019. She […]

5 Due Diligence Questions to Help You Consider the Future Impact of an Acquisition Prospect

5 Due Diligence Questions to Help You Consider the Future Impact of an Acquisition Prospect

Reviewing a company’s past performance is only worthwhile when you apply your findings to future results post-acquisition. With this future perspective in mind, here are five questions to help you consider the impact acquiring a prospect may have on your company moving forward. What do the past 3-5-year financials tell you about the company’s growth […]

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David Braun to Lead AMA’s Course on M&A in New York City May 15-17

Learn what can make or break a deal I’m excited to be leading the American Management Association’s Course on Mergers & Acquisitions on May 15-17 in New York. I have been teaching this course for 26 years (since 1993) and it is a comprehensive, three-day course designed especially for CEOs, CFOs, owners, and other senior-level […]

Webinar How to Pick the Right International Markets

New Webinar – How to Pick the Right International Markets and the Online Tools to Engage with Them

Join us to learn how to pick the right international markets for your business and how best to engage with those markets using online tools. Capstone Vice President, Matt Craft, will be presenting a webinar with Susanna Hardy, Chief Content Officer at IBT Online. Learn how to grow your business internationally. Insights and opportunities: Choosing […]

PSCU CEO Chuck Fagan speaks on the success of PSCU's acquisition of CU Recovery., which Capstone assisted with in March 2018.

Capstone Talks M&A at PSCU Member Forum with CUbroadcast

Capstone’s Managing Director, John Dearing, had the opportunity to attend the PSCU Member Forum in Austin, Texas. During this event PSCU’s CEO Chuck Fagan spoke about the CUSO’s values, growth trajectory and strategic plans to “deliver unparalleled member experience.” He also highlighted the acquisition of CU Recovery, which Capstone guided PSCU on in 2018, and […]

Why Credit Unions Invest in Fintech Webinar

Why Credit Unions Are Investing in Fintech Today

Credit unions are increasingly interested in using fintechs to expand product offerings and provide enhanced member experience. Join our webinar to hear how fintechs can help your credit union grow membership and assets. The webinar will include:  Why credit unions pursue fintech partnerships What it takes for credit unions to make this type of investment/decision […]

Uber to Buy Middle East Rival Careem in International Push

Uber plans to buy Dubai-based rival Careem for $3.1 billion, the largest acquisition for the ride-hailing company. The acquisition ends Uber’s costly rivalry with Careem over market share in the Middle East. In the past, Uber has taken similar action with rivals, most notably forming a joint venture with local rival Yandex in Russia in […]

Capstone Strategic Promotes Edelweiss Harrison to Vice President

Capstone Strategic Promotes Edelweiss Harrison to Vice President

As Vice President, Edelweiss Harrison will continue leading strategic mergers and acquisitions and external growth programs for middle market companies while expanding her role in business development. Capstone Strategic, Inc., a leading advisory firm specializing in not-for-sale, strategic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for the middle market, announced today that Edelweiss Harrison has been promoted to […]

Credit union membership growth reaches record high –3 ways to build on this success

Credit Union Membership Growth Reaches Record High – 3 Ways to Build on This Success

Credit unions continue adding members at a record pace. Membership grew by a record-high 4.5% as of end-2018 (up from 4.1% in 2017)], fueled by strong U.S. economic performance, an optimistic outlook on the U.S. economy, low unemployment rates, and high levels of consumption. With 116.2 million members across all 5,375 federally-insured credit unions in […]

Why Companies Buy (Rather than Build) New Technology

Why Companies Buy (Rather than Build) New Technology

It’s typically much quicker to acquire rather than build your own solution. When it comes to technology, acquiring can help you leapfrog the research and development cycle to purchase a solution that has already been developed, tested and not only proven to be superior, but is already widely used. Large tech companies like Google, Amazon, […]

Approaching an Owner about Acquisition? 5 Don’ts

Approaching an Owner about Acquisition? 5 Don’ts

Finding the right company to acquire can be a significant hurdle for many strategic acquirers. In our State of Middle Market M&A 2019 report, 41% said they faced this challenge. Buyers must not only identify a company that fits their strategic criteria, but one that is willing to sell, which is not an easy feat, […]

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David Braun Shares Keys to Integration Success with William & Mary’s EMBA Program

Did you know failing to move quickly during integration is one of the top reasons why deals are unsuccessful? Last week I had the opportunity to guest lecture on this topic at Professor Jeanne Wilson’s Executive MBA class at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary. Many companies […]

State of Middle Market M&A 2019 Survey

Robust Middle Market Mergers & Acquisitions Activity in 2018, But Some Caution Moving into 2019

Capstone Strategic’s survey shows mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity remained robust with 52% executing deals in 2018 up from 44% in 2017. While 38% observed more activity in both 2018 and 2017, fewer (11% vs. 27%) are 100% certain they will pursue M&A in 2019. Leaders from various industries generally reported a positive picture of […]

Capstone Helps Credit Unions Add Rocket Fuel to Growth at NAFCU’s Strategic Growth Conference

We all know growth is vital to the success of credit unions, but achieving growth in today’s environment can be challenging. This week Capstone’s John Dearing has been discussing new ideas with forward-thinking credit union leaders at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Union’s (NAFCU) Strategic Growth Conference in Greenville, South Carolina. Today, March 21, […]

3 Ways to Build Trust with Owners in Mergers & Acquisitions

3 Ways to Build Trust with Owners in Mergers & Acquisitions

“It’s the funny thing about all these deals, though. Yes, you can get a banker involved.  But a lot of it comes back to relationships.”

How to Find Qualified Acquisition Prospects

How to Find Qualified Acquisition Prospects

Generating a list of companies to acquire is easy. Simply call up an investment banker or visit a broker website like BizBuySell and you’ll find dozens of for-sale companies. The problem with this approach is although these owners are willing to sell, many of these companies may not be what you are looking for in […]

Airbnb Buys HotelTonight

Need a Place to Stay Tonight? Airbnb Has You Covered with HotelTonight Acquisition

Ahead of the company’s IPO, Airbnb has agreed to purchase HotelTonight, a booking service for last-minute travelers. While the purchase price is undisclosed, HotelTonight was valued at $463 billion two years ago. The acquisition was made to capture the growing demand for same-day bookings, according to Chief Executive Brian Chesky. HotelTonight will be kept as […]