Industry Reports

Q4 2018
The cell and gene therapy community gathered recently in La Jolla at the annual “Meeting on the Mesa” of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine to review the state of the industry. The mood was ebullient as attendees celebrated the emergence of the industry from “R&D/developmental puberty” into commercial adulthood. The clear consensus was that cell/gene therapy, benefiting from substantial R&D and development efforts over the last two decades, has come of age in its ability to provide trans-formative new treatments for patients.
Q4 2018
Expanding US e-commerce sales, growing 15.4% year-over-year in Q2 2018 according to the most recent US Census Bureau report, have increased demand for packaging products and services.
Q4 2018
Due to disruptions in the Retail market, leading brick-and-mortar retailers have felt pressure to revive business models to encompass omnichannel sales solutions. The prioritization to expand into e-commerce markets, enhance customer experiences, and improve supply chain efficiencies has driven consolidation among e-commerce companies. Acquisitions of well-established brands with proven e-commerce traffic have allowed traditional brick-and-mortar retailers to evolve and capture shifting consumer preferences.
Q4 2018
The global Security market is anticipated to reach $167.1 billion by 2025, representing a compound annual growth rate of 10.2%, according to Grand View Research. Profound industry growth has primarily been driven by the need to integrate and enhance security capabilities in the wake of global terrorism and public safety concerns. Increased industry competition as a result of heightened demand and new technological capabilities have supported premium valuations as private equity-backed companies continue to consolidate.
Q4 2018
On the heels of growth in downstream manufacturing markets, demand in the Industrial Equipment industry has been significant. The Industrial Production Index, a measure of manufacturing, mining, and utility output, indicates robust manufacturing activity and has risen 5.1% year-over-year. Rising industrial output has subsequently lead to a 7.1% YOY increase in demand for new industrial equipment and machinery and is expected to reach $925.4 billion by 2023, according to IBISWorld.
Q4 2018
Demand for special education, autism treatment, and early intervention services continues to grow as educators, pediatricians, parents, social workers, and the US government increasingly recognize the importance of intensive therapy in the formative years. Early childhood special education services have the potential to greatly enhance student outcomes as more children acquire the critical language, social, occupational, and fine and gross motor skills necessary to succeed academically.
Q4 2018
Year-to-date, 66 mergers and acquisitions were announced or closed in the Mapping, Modeling & Simulation industry putting activity on pace to meet or exceed 2017 activity. Strategic companies have been highly active as they leveraged acquisitions to access new customers and disruptive technology. The two largest transactions in 2018—Harris Corporation’s merger with L3 Technologies, Inc.
Q4 2018
Within the Behavioral Healthcare Services industry, companies that offered child and youth-oriented services accounted for 24.3% or 17 of the announced or closed mergers and acquisitions year-to-date. Activity in this segment has largely been driven by the national rise in children with autism (a 15.0% increase from 2016 to 2018, according to Autism Speaks) and the ongoing battle against opioid abuse (which is most prevalent among young adults ages 18-to-25 years old).
Q4 2018
Fundamentals remain healthy for the C4ISR industry, as the Pentagon’s top leaders continue to emphasize that providing resilient information networks and denying enemies the use of their networks is a top priority. Such conviction is reflected in the growing portion of the defense budget related to C4ISR systems. Following the appropriations measure signed in September that allocated $674 billion in defense spending for FY2019, spending increases are prioritizing capabilities to gain and exploit information in the theater from the tactical to the strategic level. 
Q4 2018
The Healthcare Staffing sector continues to benefit from an increasingly tight labor market due to strong economic conditions coupled with increased health care utilization as the US population agencies and a wave of retiring Baby Boomer healthcare practitioners. The gap between openings and hires in healthcare has been widening rapidly since 2014 reaching a projected labor gap in July of approximately 536,000 healthcare professionals according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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