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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 […]

3 Top Reasons M&A Deals Fall Apart

When done right, an acquisition can dramatically accelerate the growth of a company. However, experience tells us that deals often fall apart. Each year thousands of dollars are spent by buyers and sellers on deals that go nowhere. Here are 3 top reasons M&A deals fall apart. 1. Lack of Strategy – Failing to have a […]

Is your credit union ready for the next recession?

Recession fears have grown in recent months. New CU performance data does hint that a slowdown is occurring. As of June 2019, CUNA estimates 5,529 credit unions were in operation, 21 fewer than May and 179 fewer than June 2018. During the first half of 2019, approximately 74 credit unions ceased to exist because of […]

5 Reasons Millennials Should Join a Credit Union 

Millennials are the largest living generation in the United States. Based on current projections, millennials are expected to overtake Baby Boomers in population as their numbers swell to 73 million in 2019. Research has shown that millennials care deeply about their local communities. We all know that credit unions are community-focused and provide excellent member service while […]

3 M&A Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Mergers and Acquisitions are a great way to grow your business. Here are 3 myths that you should stop believing as you pursue the right deal for your company.  Myth #1: A deal takes three to six months  Many think that an M&A deal can be easily completed within three to six months. This may be the case […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What to do when an owner says no - 3 tips for buyers

What Do You Do When an Owner Says “No” to Acquisition? 3 Tips for Buyers

One of the most challenging aspects of “not-for-sale” deal making is that more often than not owners initially are not interested in selling. Owners say “no” all the time and it can be discouraging, especially to first-time buyers who are unfamiliar with the M&A process. Here are three steps a buyer should take after hearing […]

Are You Ready to Beat the Odds? 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying a Company

Are You Ready to Beat the Odds? 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying a Company

About 70% of acquisitions fail. Either the deals don’t result in the expected synergies or worse – they detract from a company’s existing value. The good news is that you can beat these terrible odds by preparing before you begin pursuing deals. In our experience, here are ten questions we ask our clients before embarking […]

Fiat Renault Deal Collapses

Renault – Fiat Chrysler Merger Collapses: Lessons for Strategic Acquirers

It became clear discussions could go no further and so the Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger collapsed just barely a week and half after it was first announced. A peak behind the scenes reveal a number of lessons to learn from this failed merger. Pay attention to cross-border issues Many reports note that Fiat failed to win […]

Global Payments to Buy TSYS for $21.5 Billion as Fintech Consolidation Continues

Global Payments to Buy TSYS for $21.5 Billion as Fintech Consolidation Continues

Global Payments is buying TSYS for $21.5 billion, bringing Global Payments’ annual transaction volume to $50 billion across the world. The deal will vertically integrate many of the steps required in payments processing by combining Global Payments’ core competency of helping merchants process card, mobile and online payments with TSYS’s capability of helping card issuers […]

5 Reasons CUs Should Partner with Big Data

5 Reasons Why Credit Unions Should Consider Partnerships with Big Data Companies in 2019

Big data is exactly what it sounds like – a vast amount of structured and unstructured information, collected from an increasingly diverse set of digital and traditional sources. For credit unions, every interaction with members, every loan processed, fee collected, call center, or branch interaction is an opportunity to collect data which when aggregated, becomes […]

A Merger of Equals? Fiat and Renault to Combine in Deal Worth $39 Billion

A Merger of Equals? Fiat and Renault Consider Combining in Deal Worth $39 Billion

As demand for electric and self-driving cars increasing, traditional automotive makers are starting to take notice. The latest are Fiat Chrysler and Renault who announced yesterday they are considering a “merger of equals” in which shareholders on each side would receive 50 percent of the combined company. The deal would create one of the largest […]

3 Things You Should Know About Doing Business Internationally in Today’s Climate

3 Things You Should Know About Doing Business Internationally in Today’s Climate

The US may be the largest economy, but the 15 fastest growing economies are in Africa or Asia with Ethiopia topping the list with a projected GDP of 7.9% for 2019. For comparison, the US GDP was 2.2% in 2018. Access to these fast-growing markets is one of the primary drivers for international expansion. In […]

CFO Focus How To Boost Your Credit Union’s Non-Interest Income

CFO Focus: How To Boost Your Credit Union’s Non-Interest Income

Four tips for investing in credit union service organizations as a solid way to build your bottom line without increasing fees. Credit unions are relying more on non-interest income to grow. Over the past 10 years, non-interest income as a percentage of gross income has risen from 19% in 2008 to 27% in 2018, according […]

CUbroadcast Interview: Capstone on Disruptive Innovation at the NACUSO Network Conference

Data analytics, artificial intelligence, member experience – these were a few of the exciting ideas discussed at the NACUSO Network Conference this year. Edelweiss Harrison, Vice President at Capstone, had the opportunity to exchange ideas with innovative credit union and CUSO leaders at the conference this year in San Diego on April 14-17, 2019. She […]