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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 […]

3 Business Valuation Methods for When You’re Ready to Sell

In my last 30 years of helping companies grow, one of the most common questions I have come across is “how much is my company worth?”. Bringing together the financial (valuation) and non-financial (evaluation) pieces of the puzzle will help you determine the value of a company. Valuation refers to the economic value you place […]

Webinar: Five Options for Growth

January 30, 2020 – 1.00 PM to 2.00 PM (EST) Have you explored all your options for growth? Some leaders are limiting their potential for growth because they fail to examine all the possible ways to achieve it. Learn how to unlock untapped potential for your business in our webinar on “Five Options for Growth.” […]

4 Things Credit Unions Should Focus on to Attract Gen Z

“Generation Z” is the generation following Millennials. Pew Research has defined Gen Z as anyone who was born after 1996. They grew up with technology, supposedly tend to maintain shorter attention spans and are very different from Millennials. Gen Z has already started to enter the workforce and there is no denying the fact that […]

Webinar: 7 Strategic Questions to Ask Before Pursuing Mergers and Acquisitions

Are you thinking about growing your business? In any business endeavor, having the right questions is often half the battle. December 19, 2019 – 1.00 PM to 2.00 PM (EST) This webinar will cover 7 powerful questions that have been tried and tested with dozens of clients at the outset of their growth programs: What […]