We all know growth is vital to the success of credit unions, but achieving growth in today’s environment can be challenging. This week Capstone’s John Dearing has been discussing new ideas with forward-thinking credit union leaders at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Union’s (NAFCU) Strategic Growth Conference in Greenville, South Carolina. Today, March 21, […]

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How many of you would say your most recent hire agreed to join your organization purely for financial reasons? Most employees take other factors into consideration including benefits, location, job description, your company’s mission, and “fit” with your company’s culture. The financial side is certainly important, but leveraging these other factors is critical, especially when […]

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2018 was a banner year for credit unions…but will a recession follow soon? Credit unions recorded a stellar performance in the first nine months of 2018, adding more than 4.2 million new members, the fastest pace in credit union history. Rising demand for loans driven by the low unemployment rate and strong economic growth underline […]

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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 […]

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Middle market valuations have remained high throughout 2018. For deals between $10-$250 million, the latest report from GF Data notes TEV/adjusted EBITDA multiples averaged 7.4x during Q2 2018 consistent with valuation multiples from Q2 2017. As noted in our earlier analysis, deals in general are trending upward, including transactions in the middle market. Strategic acquirers […]

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“It can be the best financial deal on the planet, but if it doesn’t fit our strategy…we’re not interested.” This quote from Gary Norcross, President and CEO of Fidelity National Information Services, expresses a simple principle: In order to be successful, an acquisition must be strategic in nature. One of the primary reasons acquisitions fail […]

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In the past, traditional tactics may have worked, but the industry is evolving, and credit unions must innovate to succeed. In a low-interest rate environment, one of the areas of concern is how to generate non-interest income. Forward-thinking credit unions are developing new strategies to generate non-interest income while adding value to members. Embracing the […]

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Capstone advised ATW on long-term strategy which resulted in the divestment of the Stamping Division to refocus on ATW’s core business. Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today that ATW Companies (ATW) of Warwick, Rhode Island has sold its Stamping Division to Crystal Engineering (Crystal) of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Capstone advised ATW on its long-term strategy to refocus […]

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Capstone Strategic announced today that Immanuel, a leader in the field of retirement living in Nebraska has acquired senior living community Clark Jeary. The deal expands Immanuel’s geographic footprint in Lincoln and adds to its mission of serving seniors. Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today that Immanuel has acquired Clark Jeary, a 122-apartment senior living community […]

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In today’s rapidly changing environment where regulations are evolving, new technology and competitors are challenging traditional models, and members are demanding more from their financial institutions, many credit unions are realizing they must expand beyond business as usual to keep up with demand. Credit unions are increasingly executing strategic acquisitions, partnerships, collaborations, and investments in […]

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“We did an acquisition about 15 years ago. It did not go well…I guess you could say we are still ‘recovering,’ the CEO of a family-owned business recently shared with me during a meeting. She went on to explain there were a number of integration issues and other challenges that cropped up post-closing that the […]

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3M, the maker of Post-it, will acquire Scott Safety from Johnson Controls for $2 billion to build up its safety division. This is the second largest acquisition for 3M after its purchase of Capital Safety, a maker of fall protection equipment such as harnesses, lanyards, and self-retracting lifelines, from KKR & Co. for $2.5 billion […]

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There’s a myth that acquisitions are only executed by huge, publicly-traded, Fortune 500 companies, but that’s simply not the true. In reality, there are many acquisitions conducted by small and middle market firms that are private transactions and are not reported to the media. There are many reasons to consider acquisitions, regardless of the size […]

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Are you exploring all your options for growth? When you think about a growing your credit union or CUSO through a “merger” strategy, you may be tempted to focus on consolidation alone. While combining two credit unions can be a pathway to growth, it is important to recognize it is just one of a number […]

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Recent analysis shows that deal activity reached $435 billion in the first quarter of 2016 in North America and Europe. This is the second highest total on record and 84% of the deals were executed by strategic buyers. Companies with lots of cash on their balance sheets and are now willing to deploy some of it […]

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Last week, thousands of investors gathered at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting in Omaha. Warren Buffett, perhaps one of the greatest strategic acquirers, shared his insights for successful acquisitions. There are two pearls of Buffett wisdom, reported direct from the meeting by Dealbook that I’d like to highlight in this post. Looking at the Big […]

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Reflecting the growth of ecommerce, shoe retailer DSW will acquire Ebuys, Inc., the company announced on February 17.  At $62 million, the acquisition may seem tiny compared to such newsmakers as Sysco’s $3.1 billion deal to acquire Brakes Group or IBM’s $2.6 billion deal to acquire Truven Health Analytics. But there are opportunities to learn […]

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In light of recent FTC rulings against market domination, Sysco has changed its M&A strategy to focus on smaller, strategic deals rather than large transformative deals. Although Sysco’s change is motivated by regulatory obstacles to larger acquisitions, using strategic, smaller deals is an excellent approach from a strategic perspective. We have long recommended that our […]

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Credit unions’ traditional use of consolidation as one way to grow is a trend likely to rise over the next five years, according to industry experts. While the percentage of these deals climbs, there actually are fewer mergers because there are fewer credit unions. There were 4% fewer credit unions in September 2015 than one […]

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As we near the end of the fourth quarter, everyone is wondering what will happen in 2016. Will the frenzied M&A activity of 2015 continue into the new year? There seem to be mixed reviews on what activity will look like next year. The Intralinks deal flow predictor indicates a 7% increase in global M&A […]

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