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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 […]

Happy New Year from Capstone

Happy New Year from Capstone – 2018 Charity Survey Results

Happy New Year! Last year we asked you to help us give back by voting for your favorite charity. We are very excited to announce the results from the survey and have made a contribution to each of the charities in proportion to your selection. Each of the charities noted above have made a significant […]

New Year, New Opportunities: 2 Ways to Reflect on Company Growth

New Year, New Opportunities: 2 Ways to Reflect on Company Growth

Hello and Happy New Year! Welcome to the first post in 2019. I always love the new year because it’s a great time to take a step back, reflect and refocus. Far too often business leaders get caught up in the day-to-day of running a company, putting out fires, or jumping to the next big […]

M&A in Review: Top Posts from 2018

M&A in Review: Top posts from 2018

While 2018 has been the highest year on record for mergers and acquisitions, dealmaking is slowing down. Geopolotical risk, trade issues, and stock market volatility all play a role in CEO confidence, one of the primary drivers of activity. Coming off three years of strong activity and favorable economic conditions the tide may be shifting. […]

Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances Are on the Rise

Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances Are on the Rise

The number of strategic alliances and joint ventures (JV) is growing. In 2017, joint ventures and strategic alliances grew 30% compared to the previous year and 49% of CEOs are planning a new strategic alliance or joint venture in 2019, according to a PWC CEO Survey. According to Strategy& executives are pursuing JVs and strategic […]

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, […]

United Technologies Splits into 3 to Grow Long-term

United Technologies Splits into 3 to Grow Long-term 

M&A is not always about getting bigger. Often, it’s about recalibrating a business to focus on core competencies and long-term growth. On November 27, United Technologies announced it would split into three companies by 2020. United Technologies will focus on aerospace, Otis on elevators, and Carrier on air-conditioning and HVAC. United Technologies Chairman and CEO Gregory […]

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 […]

2 Topics to Avoid at the Thanksgiving and the Deal Table

2 Topics to Avoid at the Thanksgiving and the Deal Table

It’s almost time for Thanksgiving here in the US and for many of us that means traveling to be with our families and friends. If you’re like most folks, there may be a few topics you steer clear of as you gather around the dinner table this Thursday. In the same way, when meeting with […]

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. […]

Don't forget to ask why in acquisitions

Don’t Forget to Ask “Why?”

Many executives don’t take enough time to think about the “why” of acquisition. They focus on conducting research, identifying targets, negotiation with owners and valuing companies and gloss over these grounding questions. But the foundation of every successful acquisition lies in your strategic rationale. Without this foundation, it’s impossible to guide your endeavors. If you embark […]

6 reasons sellers get spooked

6 Reasons Sellers Get Spooked in Acquisitions

Sarah’s company had been speaking to the prospect for months and was almost ready to sign a letter of intent, when all of a sudden, the seller changed his mind and walked away from the deal. Sarah and her team were stunned and left asking, “What happened?” Unfortunately, deals do fall apart for a variety […]

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, […]

Facebook Looks to Boost Cybersecurity with Acquisition

Facebook Looks to Boost Cybersecurity with Acquisition

Facebook is said to be the latest firm looking to bolster its cybersecurity capabilities through acquisition. Facebook recently detected a breach affecting 30 million users. This latest news comes on top of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and has negatively impacted the technology giant. Cyber security is increasingly an area of concern for many companies across […]

How do you go about exploring an acquisition with a competitor

How Do You Go About Exploring an Acquisition with a Competitor?

Growing by acquiring a competitor is a common tactic for companies looking to quickly grab market share through a consolidation. However, exploring an acquisition opportunity with a rival can be awkward as neither party wants to give the other a competitive advantage by sharing company secrets. Typically, a rival, especially in a not-for-sale situation will […]

How Buyers Unintentionally Destroy Acquisition Value in Integration

How Buyers (Unintentionally) Destroy Acquisition Value in Integration

Integration proves to be one of the most difficult pieces of the M&A puzzle to get right. Buyers often try integrating the target’s systems into their own, only to realize too late they are destroying the very value they wished to acquire. Large food companies are learning this lesson from past mistakes and adjusting their […]