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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]