Company and Market Research

Access to the right information dramatically increases your chances of success. Learn best practices for uncovering market dynamics, industry trends, and difficult-to-access information on companies.

Capstone CEO David Braun and his advice for those considering mergers and acquisitions with the telecommunications industry is a cover story for the December 2021 issue of Telecom Reseller magazine. Read the complete article at: https://telecomreseller.com/2021/12/01/telecom-reseller-december-2021/#flipbook-df_152395/1/

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Whether due to merger, expansion, or investment, an understanding of the processes and techniques of valuation is crucial for the effective growth and solid financial performance of credit unions. Capstone Managing Director John Dearing and Manager Anna Kochkina break down the multifaceted valuation process in CUInsight. https://www.cuinsight.com/credit-unions-valuation-and-ma-transactions.html

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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 […]

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“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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Due Diligence has always been a daunting task even for the best deal makers. With travel restrictions and closed borders, due diligence procedures for both the buyers and sellers have drastically changed.  Here are four considerations for Due Diligence in the age of COVID-19: Leverage Virtual Tools – Due Diligence processes are sensitive and must […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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36 percent of middle market companies struggle to find the right partner when it comes to pursuing deals. Most acquirers begin their search by looking at a list of for-sale companies only to come away from the process empty-handed and disappointed. Many for-sale companies are on the chopping block for a reason. They may be […]

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How many companies do you need to look at to do a deal? This is a common question we get from clients. Experience tells us you need to look at about 100 companies in order to execute one deal. That doesn’t mean you go through formal due diligence with 100 companies, but you do need […]

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How do you find the best market for your product or service? Capstone Project Manager Matt Craft answered this important question on the Market Selection Panel at the Virginia Conference on World Trade in Richmond, Virginia on October 30. Hosted by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), this is the state’s largest international trade conference and is focused […]

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Expanding internationally can provide numerous opportunities to grow your business using acquisitions, joint ventures or strategic partnerships, but before you can decide which market to enter, you’ll need to do some research. The data sources you use for your research will vary depending on location and industry and the specific information you are seeking. We’ve […]

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Research is essential to the success of any business plan, including acquisition. The demand-driven, “markets first” acquisition process that I advocate requires thorough research. Only thorough research uncovers the most appropriate markets, helps you identify the best prospects, and sets you apart from other potential buyers. There are two levels of research to consider: primary […]

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As I’ve stressed  in an earlier post, I recommend including not-for-sale companies in your acquisition search. This will significantly expand your universe of potential acquisition prospects. However, with such a large pool, you must develop criteria through which to filter the prospects in order to narrow your options. The first step in establishing your criteria for prospects […]

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