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Don’t Treat Your Business Like Day-Old Bread

A recent New York Times article, “How to Sell Your Business” provided some excellent advice about how to sell your own business. It recommended assembling “a team of attorney and an accountant that you trust”. This is good counsel and should be followed by anyone selling, or buying, a business. However, the article also […]

Re-learning from AOL-Time Warner

On this blog previously, David discussed some of the issues surrounding the AOL-Time Warner merger.  Given that the ten year anniversary of the merger was recently marked, I wanted to re-visit the ill-fated deal to explore it a little more in-depth. AOL and Time Warner merged to create the “world’s first Internet-age media and communications […]

More Divestitures for 2010?

From my recent experience working with middle-market companies, I would have to agree with this article that states that there were an increasing number of divestitures by multinational corporations (MNC) in 2009.  In particular, my work in the specialty chemical industry showed me that the economic downturn has forced many MNC’s to reassess their portfolios. […]

Get the Board on Board Early

I was asked during a recent client review for my recommendation on when it was appropriate to divulge  leadership’s M&A intentions to the Board. Based upon my experience, there is no time like the present. You want to avoid surprises. You want to get questions out “on the table” in time to develop answers. You […]

Wes Teague Featured in AAHSA’s "Future Age"

Capstone’s Senior Vice President, Wes Teague, was featured in Future Age, the magazine of the of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). Wes is vice-chair of Goodwin House, Inc., community for seniors in Alexandria, VA.  The article features comments Wes made after his attendance at AAHSA’s 2009 annual meeting, along […]

M&A and the Market on the Rise

The New York Stock Exchange ended 2009 up nearly 30% over 2008.  That makes a lot of individuals feel better about the economy because they “feel” wealthier. Companies are no different.  With an up market we expect M&A activity to increase, generally as a laggard to the equities market.  Think about it:  a company’s stock […]

New Year, Renewed Focus

Bloomberg recently reported that: “Chief executive officers are so sure the economy will keep recovering they’re agreeing to prices that are 37 percent higher than the average since 2001, when Bloomberg started compiling data. While stocks in the S&P 500 are trading at the most expensive valuations in seven years compared with profits in the […]

Capstone Webinar TOMORROW: Contemporary Legal Issues in M&A

I am hosting a webinar tomorrow (December 17) with CPE credit being awarded! We’ve heard from our audience that they want an opportunity to earn CPE credits by the end of the year, so we’ve developed a webinar on an in-demand topic: current legal topics in M&A. Even if you are not a member of the […]

A Record Number of Consumer Product Deals

According to the Wall Street Journal,  November 2009 was the biggest month in over a year for deals involving consumer products and food and drinks firms, with $12.54 billion in acquisitions.  And it doesn’t look like this momentum will be stopped.  Kettle Chips, Just for Men and Grecian Formula hair-coloring products, Aqua Velva cologne, Brylcreem hair […]

Little Orphan Product Lines

Our buy-side clients at Capstone are seeing the same trend that a recent Reuters article reported: “Companies are making moves to divest assets that are not essential to their operations, while stronger firms, nudged on by their boards and shareholders, are looking to grow and position themselves for the recovery.”  This leads to numerous “orphan” non-core product […]

A "Commitment to External Growth"

A recent round table of corporate dealmakers at a conference sponsored by The Deal offered some interesting insights into the strategy mindset of some of the largest corporations in America.  All of the panelists expressed a “commitment to external growth.” Two observations stood out to me. First, Sean Murphy of Abbott Labs said they are […]

Vertical or Horizontal?

There is a trend afoot for firms to become more vertically integrated – controlling their supply sources, manufacturing, and distribution channels.  A few recent examples include Oracle acquiring Sun Microsystems to integrate hardware and software and H-P acquiring EDS to capture more consulting and professional services revenue, along with buying 3Com to capture more customers.  […]

Beyond Acquisition: Illy on the JV Team

The next time you visit your local (i.e. NOT Starbucks) coffee shop, pay attention to whether they touting that they are exclusively brewing a particular brand of coffee. If they are, there is an increasing likelihood that it is Illy, a premium Italian coffee brand.  Instead of opening dozens of new coffee houses, or acquiring […]

Does Geographic Expansion Make Sense for You?

These are tough times for the legal profession.  Here in Washington, DC, one of the lawyer-capitals of the world,  it’s difficult to go a block without running into a recently graduated law student who’s looking for a job.  In these tough times, many law firms, large and small, are looking for a way to grow […]

Trillion with a T

Trillion with a T

Over and over on this blog, I have strongly advocated external growth to complement organic growth.  Today the largest 500 non-financial American firms have nearly $1 Trillion in cash and short-term investments on their balance sheets.  That’s Trillion with a ‘T’! This represents roughly 9.8% of their assets.  What does that tell me?  Companies are […]

Preparing for A Crisis

As the Wall Street Journal pointed out last week, many Mom-and-Pop operations lack formal crisis plans – and are shutting down as a result of the current economy.  In our experience, this lack of planning is not limited to family enterprises.  It is disturbing how many firms – small, medium and even large – lack […]

Strategic M&A Leads the Way!

The M&A statistics for the third quarter of 2009 are in and show the vast majority of the deals getting done are strategic.  The economic crisis and concerns over deal financing continued to significantly hold down the number and value of deals when compared to the same period last year.  Today, a Wall Street Journal […]

Keeping an Eye on the Government

A story in the news last week caught my eye – U.S. antitrust enforcers are planning to revamp merger guidelines.  This isn’t surprising news – there have been expectations for quite awhile that the Obama administration was going to take a closer look at large corporate mergers.  It also won’t affect the vast majority of […]

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 — […]

The Secret to Integration Success

The Secret to Integration Success

There are countless books on how to effectively integrate two companies after an acquisition.  Some stress “communication” while others put the emphasis on “culture”.  While both concepts are important, neither is the key to integration success.  In my experience, the single best thing you can do to ensure a smooth integration is to buy the […]