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Capstone Strategic guides RenoFi to partner with Ardent Credit Union

Capstone Strategic announced today that RenoFi, a pioneer in renovation lending solutions, has partnered with Ardent Credit Union for a new program that grows both membership and quality loans.   June 30, 2020 (Tysons Corner, VA) – Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today that RenoFi, an innovative financial technology company powering next-generation renovation loans, has partnered with Ardent Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions […]

George Floyd: How CEOs can learn from this tragedy and act for positive change

Join us for a live discussion with Capstone CEO, David Braun, and O’Kelly E. McWilliams III a prominent attorney and partner at Mintz Levin. George Floyd: How CEOs can learn from this tragedy and act for positive changeDate: Tuesday, June 23, 2020Time: 11:00 AM EDTCost: ComplimentaryRegister: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2067282378973094414 *Special webinar –  This webinar is part of the complimentary webinar […]

5 Tips on Conducting Primary Research

Quality research is essential to the success of any acquisition plan. Once you have identified a specific company as a prospective acquisition, it is essential that you perform primary research in addition to typical secondary (online or database) research. Primary research involves getting on the phone and talking to people who deal with the company on […]

Successful Negotiation Tactics

June 18, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM (EDT) Do you have what it takes to finalize a deal? Negotiation is critical skill for aligning decision makers from both organizations involved in a transaction. Learn negotiation best practices from an experienced negotiator of dozens of deals. After completing this webinar, you will be able to: […]

Credit unions adapting to the new normal

There have been many changes in the credit union world thanks to COVID-19. Branches are closing, members are losing jobs, and ensuring the safety of your team has become a top priority. Business continuity plans have been pushed aside. Even credit unions that have plans in place for natural disasters are finding themselves in unknown […]

4 things to focus on, to prepare your business for sale

Doing the groundwork for the sale of a business can be a challenging process for owners. Although there is no one size fits all solution to help owners prepare for a sale, meticulous preparation is vital. Primarily there are four areas to focus on Valuation – A professional valuation will give the owner a realistic […]

A New Look at Due Diligence

May 28, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM (EDT) Due diligence is about more than just looking for red flags and hammering the target for more and more information. Learn how to use due diligence to maximize the opportunity for success in your next acquisition. After completing this course, you will be able to: Describe […]

“The First Date”: Contacting Owners and Successful First Meetings

April 30, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EDT) Making first contact with an owner, especially of a “not-for-sale” company, is a critical step in the M&A process. It is your opportunity begin a positive relationship that may lead to acquisition. The first meeting is equally important; it is the “first date” in what could […]

3 Items that Should not be Included in the LOI

A letter of intent (LOI) is far more than a legal document. It’s a key milestone in the M&A process and can be a powerful tool for getting the deal done. The LOI outlines the basic parameters for an acquisition including the period of exclusivity, purchase price and consideration, preferred deal structure, and expiration date. […]

How Strategic Partnerships Can Help Credit Unions Attract and Retain Millennial and Gen Z Members

Strategic partnerships can help credit unions attract and retain members — Millennials and Gen Z groups in particular. And, in our current situation with COVID-19, these partners are probably more important then ever. John Dearing, Managing Director & Partner at Capstone, discusses this important topic with Mike Lawson of CUbroadcast. In this episode, John and […]

[Webinar Recording] “Best Practices for Financial Due Diligence”

Our latest webinar recording is now available – Best Practices for Financial Due Diligence https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/699936388504997710 We presented our webinar to a record number of attendees on April 2nd, 2020. This webinar is a part of the special webinar series launched by Capstone to celebrate its 25 years of being in business. Due diligence is about […]

State of Middle Market M&A 2020

Capstone Strategic’s survey reveals that 2019 was a modest year for mergers and acquisitions activity. Even though the number of respondents who engaged in M&A in 2019 dropped (from 52% to 41%) when compared to 2018, most respondents were generally positive and reported growth in their industries. 71% of respondents reported modest growth, similar to 2018 data (73%).  Leaders from various industries generally reported a modest picture […]

The importance of user experience for members

Technology is driving the financial services industry. This includes credit unions. The emergence of fintechs and other non-traditional financial services companies are helping to push this momentum. Consumers can now handle all their financial matters online. Square, PayPal, Ally and even Amazon are offering consumers and business owners alternative deposit and lending options. Credit unions must compete not only with the […]

Best Practices for Financial Due Diligence – Webinar

April 2, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EDT) “Financial Due Diligence, Quality of Earnings, Net Working Capital, Oh My!” Due diligence is about more than just looking for red flags and hammering the target for more and more information. Learn how to use due diligence to maximize the opportunity for success in your next […]

4 Tips to Build a Robust Pipeline of Acquisition Prospects

Acquisitions are a great tool for growth.  When done right, strategic M&A helps a business to grow rapidly and gain a competitive advantage. Prospect research is a critical part in the M&A process. If conducted properly, it makes the later stages far easier to complete. Here are 4 tips to keep in mind to help […]

Due Diligence – Tips & Tricks

Due Diligence is the most demanding phase of the acquisition process. Many companies start with a due diligence checklist in the public domain prepared by someone who has no knowledge of your organization or your deal. A prepared checklist such as this will likely not cover every aspect of the target company that is important […]

Building a Robust Pipeline of Acquisition Prospects

March 18, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST) How do you identify the best companies for acquisition? Building a robust pipeline of prospects begins with first developing an M&A strategy and researching and selecting the top markets for growth. Then, you begin searching for acquisition prospects in those attractive markets. Learn how to approach […]

Due Diligence – Key to a Successful M&A Deal

Due Diligence is an integral part of any M&A process. Due Diligence is the research and analysis one company does in preparation for a business transaction, particularly regarding an acquisition. The overall purpose of due diligence is to ensure that there are no surprises when the transaction is complete and integration begins. Here are three […]

5 Top Reasons to Acquire

Acquisition is a great tool for growth. But before embarking on an acquisition journey, it is important to ask,” What outcome do you want to achieve from M&A that you would not realize otherwise? Each company’s situation is different, and the reason to acquire is different. Here are the top 5 reasons a company decides […]

How to Pick Top-Notch Markets

February 20, 2020 – 1.00 PM to 2.15 PM (EST) M&A is a powerful tool for rapidly growing your business. Before rushing off to identify a list of acquisition candidates, it is important to make sure you are looking at the right markets. For over 24 years Capstone has used our unique demand-driven approach to […]