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.


Capstone Webinar: Keys to Integration Success

Capstone Webinar: Keys to Integration Success Thursday, September 17, 2009; 1:00 PM ET Hosted by David Braun, Capstone CEO Join Capstone CEO David Braun as he leads a webinar on how to successfully plan and execute the integration of two companies. The closing of a deal is the fruition of months — even years — […]

State of Midmarket M&A Q1-Q3 2014 Update: Capstone Report

Survey Shows Steady Growth in Midmarket Mergers & Acquisitions

Capstone’s State of Midmarket M&A Q1-Q3 2014 Update indicates a steady growth in midmarket mergers and acquisitions. We surveyed midmarket executives from multiple industries to learn how the first nine months of 2014 matched expectations from 2013, and to indicate any new trends in midmarket M&A. The survey was conducted in October 2014, and follows a […]

Healthcare 2013 Trends

Healthcare: 2013 Trends and 2014 Outlook

Strong healthcare M&A activity is predicted for 2014 as the industry faces market and regulatory changes.  Click on the infographic for a closer look at 2013 trends and 2014 predictions.

Recent Posts

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, […]

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 […]

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Capstone Speaks on Finding “Smart Money” Partners at the DCU Fintech Innovation Center

Are you a startup looking to launch your idea? Securing funding and the right partner is a critical component to succeeding as a startup, but it can be challenging to convince someone to invest in your idea. One important way startups can have a greater chance at success is by understanding what factors strategic investors […]

Is your credit union ready for the next recession

Is Your Credit Union Ready for the Next Recession?

2018 was a banner year for credit unions…but will a recession follow soon? Credit unions recorded a stellar performance in the first nine months of 2018, adding more than 4.2 million new members, the fastest pace in credit union history. Rising demand for loans driven by the low unemployment rate and strong economic growth underline […]

M&A Update 2018

M&A Update: Full Year 2018 – M&A Surpasses $4 Trillion

Despite economic and political instability throughout the year, global M&A value surpassed $4 trillion in announced deals in 2018, a 12% increase from 2017. M&A value in 2019 fell short of 2015’s record high of $4.3 trillion. The number of deals worldwide declined by 4% when compared to 2017 to 47,585 announced deals. Buyers and […]

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How to Recession-Proof Your Credit Union – CUbroadcast Interview

If the recession hit tomorrow, would your organization be ready? While this may be a scary thought, rather than panicking or ignoring the issue, you should focus on proactively seizing opportunities today to ensure the success of your credit union and your members in the future. John Dearing, Managing Director at Capstone, discusses this important […]

Fintech M&A 2019

Fintech M&A Heats Up in 2019

Fintech startups are disrupting traditional financial institutions as consumers rely more and more on technology for everyday activities, including banking. Robust M&A activity is expected to continue in this space. It’s not only banks and credit unions that are acquiring or investing in fintechs, established technology firms like Amazon are snapping up these startups in […]

Capstone speaks at the Annual CUSO Conference

How can you take your CUSO’s growth to the next level? Proactively consider strategic M&A, joint ventures, investments, and partnerships. Last week Capstone Managing Director John Dearing escaped the wintry weather in Washington, DC to speak on this topic at the Annual CUSO Conference hosted by CU Conferences on December 12 in St. Petersburg, Florida. […]


Fintech Startups Pitch Cutting Edge Solutions to Credit Unions at VentureTech 

On November 27 and 28, Capstone Vice President Matt Craft attended VentureTech in Dallas, Texas. The event brought together 11 different startups from the fintech space with investors from the credit union and CUSO space.  These startups offered a wide range of products and services including, onboarding solutions to encourage new credit union members to sign up for products and services, […]

Capstone Guides Immanuel in Acquisition of The Shores

Capstone Strategic Advises Immanuel in Acquisition of Senior Living Community The Shores at Pleasant Hill

Capstone Strategic announced today that Immanuel, a leader in the field of retirement living in the Midwest has acquired senior living community The Shores at Pleasant Hill. With this acquisition, Immanuel gains its first senior living community in Iowa and builds on its mission of serving seniors in the region. Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today […]

The Evolving Lending Landscape: 3 Trends Impacting Your Credit Union

The Evolving Lending Landscape: 3 Trends Impacting Your Credit Union

Peer-to-peer lending, automated loan origination, and digital banking: these are just a few ways the technology revolution has transformed the traditional lending industry! The rise of P2P applications is turning personal and small business loans into a commodity, as fintechs now offer omni-channel lending services once only provided by traditional financial institutions. Fortunately, this is […]

Strategic Growth and M&A: 3 Key Takeaways from PPS 2018

Last week Capstone Managing Director, John Dearing, spoke at the Private Practice Section (PPS) 2018 Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado on “Strategic Growth: Big Data, Cash Cows, and Mangy Dogs.” John was joined by co-presenters Steve Stalzer and Emily Bagby of 8150 Advisors.  The presentation covered how physical therapy practice owners can grow their organizations long-term by establishing a firm foundation and exploring multiple growth pathways including strategic mergers and acquisitions. Below are three […]

After Midterm Elections, What’s Next for Mergers & Acquisitions?

After Midterm Elections, What’s Next for Mergers & Acquisitions?

Historically elections have been a source of uncertainty for the business community which can slow mergers and acquisitions activity. Now that the midterm elections have passed, what’s next for M&A activity? 2018 has been one of the most active years for dealmaking – with M&A deal value hitting a new high of $3.3 trillion globally. […]

Tax Inversions

Taxes and M&A: 6 Key Areas Buyers and Sellers Should Focus On

The new tax law signed on December 22, 2017 is the most significant tax reform package that has been passed since 1986 and has numerous changes that will directly and indirectly impact corporate America and deals. Here we have highlighted key areas buyers and sellers should focus on when it comes to taxes under the […]

Virginia Conference on World Trade in Richmond

Capstone Attends Virginia Conference on World Trade

Last week Capstone Vice President Matt Craft attended the Virginia Conference on World Trade in Richmond, Virginia. The conference brings together business leaders committed to developing and cultivating international partnerships and is hosted by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Manufacturers Association, and the Virginia Maritime Association. During the conference, […]

M&A Update 3Q 2018.

M&A Update: 3Q 2018

Global M&A value reached $3.3 trillion in the first nine months of 2018, an increase of 37% while the number of deals decreased by 9% when compared to the same period in 2017. Despite this record-breaking M&A activity, announced deals in the third quarter slowed by 32% to $743 billion when compared to the $1.2 […]

3 Mistakes Credit Unions Make in M&A

3 Mistakes Credit Unions Make in Strategic Mergers & Acquisitions

Done right, external growth through a strategic partnership, merger, or acquisition can propel your credit union to the next level, helping you bring value to members and your organization. Although rewarding, external growth can be a complicated process that’s not without risk. Here are the top three mistakes credit union leaders make and how you […]

CU Conferences Products and Services Conference 2018

How to Offer the Right Products and Services for Members – Capstone Speaks at CU Conferences

In today’s fast-paced business environment, offering the right products and services to keep up with with member demand and technological changes can be a challenge. To succeed credit unions must first determine what their members want and then determine how to offer the best solution. Capstone Managing Director John Dearing explored these topics with credit union […]

Millennials: A Generation Credit Unions Can’t Afford to Ignore

Millennials: A Generation Credit Unions Can’t Afford to Ignore

Millennials have surpassed baby boomers and now account for roughly 80 million people in the US. More importantly, millennials have massive buying power, spending roughly $600 billion per year, which is projected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2020, and will comprise 75% of the global workforce by 2025. In contrast, the average age of credit […]

Middle Market Valuations

Middle Market Valuations Remain High – What It Means for Buyers

Middle market valuations have remained high throughout 2018. For deals between $10-$250 million, the latest report from GF Data notes TEV/adjusted EBITDA multiples averaged 7.4x during Q2 2018 consistent with valuation multiples from Q2 2017. As noted in our earlier analysis, deals in general are trending upward, including transactions in the middle market. Strategic acquirers […]