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Capstone Strategic is the meeting point of passion and process in the field of mergers and acquisitions. Founded in 1995 by CEO David Braun, Capstone meets the unique demands of mid-market companies and their corporate growth initiatives. We help clients achieve their dreams through proactive strategic growth programs and successful acquisitions. Put simply, we help companies grow.

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Serving “overlooked” populations: An opportunity for credit union growth

It’s not uncommon for credit unions to work with non-traditional industries and financially-vulnerable populations. In fact, offering financial services to unbanked people such as recent immigrants and other disadvantaged groups dates back to the credit unions’ beginnings. The first credit unions were formed in Germany in the 19th century and were based on principals of self-help, equality, social responsibility […]

Capstone Strategic Promotes Anna Kochkina to Manager

As Manager, Anna Kochkina will now lead more client engagements, leveraging her expertise in valuation and prospect evaluation and prioritization to help clients execute strategic mergers and acquisitions.  Capstone Strategic, Inc., a leading advisory firm specializing in not-for-sale, strategic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for the middle market, announced today the promotion of Anna Kochkina to […]

3 Tips to Finding the Right Company to Buy

The right acquisition can dramatically accelerate your company’s growth. If you are struggling to find the right company to acquire, here are three tips to help with your search.  Every Company is for Sale – Many make the mistake of just looking at companies that are for sale. It is important to remember that for sale companies are […]

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As Business Owners Age, the Future of Their Companies Often Left in Doubt

Workers of the baby boom generation continue to retire in great numbers. Many of their fellow Boomers who are business owners are also planning retirement.  That is creating a new set of challenges for them, and for the economy. According to information from the U.S Census Bureau, Boomers own over 2 million small businesses, employing […]

Capstone Strategic Advises H&H Medical Corporation on Sale to Safeguard Medical

 Capstone Strategic announced today that H&H Medical Corporation, the maker of a proprietary line of military-grade trauma products has been acquired by Safeguard Medical, a global leader in emergency medical technologies and specialized training for first responders.

Credit Unions: Valuation Process Steps

With the rising number of credit union mergers, the increasing interest in acquisitions of community banks and branches, as well as investments in fintechs by credit unions and CUSOs, understanding valuation – processes and techniques – has become increasingly crucial for successful growth and solid financial performance. Valuation Process Steps Highlighted below are some of […]

SPACs – What are they and why do they matter?

“SPAC, SPAC, SPAC!” is what many business podcasts, newspapers and news outlets have been repeating to everyone listening. “Special Purpose Acquisition Companies” aka“SPACs”, have garnered the attention of many as they continuously break funding and deal volume records. SPACs, also referred to as “blank check companies,” have been around for decades and are formed to […]

TikTok, Oracle & Walmart – What You Need to Know and What Could Have Been

A complex narrative surrounds TikTok, the most downloaded app of 2020. The popular video-sharing social media platform is owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance, which was valued at $180 billion at the end of 2020. Although the app was initially released in September 2016, it did not start gaining recognition until August 2018 when ByteDance […]

Capstone Strategic Guides Security Service Insurance on Acquisition of Pace Insurance Managers

Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today that Security Service Insurance, a subsidiary of Security Service Federal Credit Union, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, has acquired Pace Insurance Mangers. Pace, a 62-year-old agency, provides full-service insurance coverage to the forest products industry in Northern Louisiana. Security Service Insurance provides commercial and personal insurance to members and […]

Q1 2021 Yachting Market Deals Lead to Greater Portfolio Breadth and Expanded Geographic Distribution

Companies that incorporate mergers and acquisitions into their long-term strategic planning may be better positioned to take advantage of macro- and microeconomic conditions that impact deal-making in their favor. The 2020 challenges impacted and continue to impact all industries, however unequally. In yachting, reports in the months of March, April and May highlighted challenging times […]

4 Ways to take your Credit Union to the Next Level

In today’s dynamic economic environment, credit unions continue to face regulatory challenges and competition from challengers as well as big banks with big pocketbooks. The industry actually experienced a membership decline last year. In order to thrive in this environment, credit unions must take a proactive approach to growth and seek new opportunities to expand. […]

4 things to do after you sign the LOI

The Letter of Intent (LOI) is one of the most commonly used tools for moving a deal forward. Once you receive a signature on the LOI from the seller, you have reached a significant landmark on the acquisition roadmap. Despite this milestone, there is still a lot of work to be done before the deal […]

Watch how Capstone Strategic has helped CU Rise Analytics bring focus to their Credit Union solution set

Latest CUbroadcast Interview – Watch how Capstone Strategic has helped CU Rise Analytics bring focus to their Credit Union solution set while benefiting through alignment and prioritization tools. Watch now!

Four Reasons Why You Should Hire an M&A Advisor

Should you hire an advisor for mergers and acquisitions? Some companies execute acquisitions on their own and are successful. In fact, there are entire corporate development divisions whose primary focus is to pursue external growth initiatives for the company. On the other hand, many companies do engage an M&A advisor to guide them through the […]

4 Reasons Credit Unions Partner with CUSOs

In this financial marketplace dominated by goliath banks, credit unions stand apart due to their collaborative nature and commitment to service. Credit Union Service Organizations (CUSOs) have the same spirit of credit unions.  A CUSO is an organization that is owned by credit unions in whole or in part that provides permitted financial services and/or […]

Capstone Strategic Guides ITA International on Acquisition of Innovative Decisions

(Capstone) announced that ITA International (ITA), a Newport News based federal contractor and professional services company, has acquired Innovative Decisions Inc. (IDI), now Innovative Decisions International, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITA. IDI is a management consulting firm specializing in decision and risk analysis, operations research and systems engineering for business and government customers. Capstone […]

4 things credit unions need to know about strategic mergers & acquisitions

As the world adjusts to the new normal, some organizations are struggling to adapt whereas others are thriving. Credit unions are no different. COVID-19 has caused disruption to the normal credit union operations and has economically impacted many members and employees. Credit unions are weathering this pandemic by caring for the needs of their members and by embracing digital banking and additional lending […]

It’s Always a Good Time to Consider M&A

The fact that M&A deals have continued to take place despite the ‘Great Lockdown’ (as UBS described the 2020  coronavirus developments) suggests that mergers and acquisitions and more broadly, external growth initiatives, should be part of a company’s strategic planning considerations regardless of broader circumstances. Companies that have a clear vision and are regularly evaluating […]

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Company

While the world is adjusting to the new normal, some businesses are struggling to adapt whereas others are thriving. Due to COVID -19 related challenges, many owners are selling their businesses. We see an incredible opportunity for firms that have acquisitions on their radar.   For those of you who want to grow through M&A, here are four mistakes to avoid:  Lack of a concise strategy– Failing to have a concise strategy is the number one […]

3 Major Components of the Deal Structure

The deal structure in an M&A transaction is the collection of terms and conditions that encompass the deal. Three traditional ways of structuring an M&A deal are through an asset purchase, a stock purchase, or a merger. The preferred deal structure is usually agreed to in the Letter of Intent. Once due diligence is complete, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]