Industry Reports

Q2 2019
Stalled trade negotiations and the subsequent escalation of tensions between the US and China have resulted in the US increasing current tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10% to 25%.1 Industrial manufacturers exposed to ris
Q2 2019
US Chemical Production levels have already exceeded 2018, increasing 3.1% year-over-year (YOY) in March, according to the American Chemistry Council. The ISM Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) expanded in March for the 31st consecutive month lead by increases in new orders (+1.9 perce
Q2 2019
Favorable market tailwinds have supported steady demand in the Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) industry.
Q2 2019
The Waste & Recycling industry continues to see strong growth driven by the expansion of the US economy and adjacent rises in industrial, construction, and commercial activity.
Q2 2019
Robust demand for packaging assets is expected to persist as strong industry tailwinds, such as e-commerce growth (+14.2% year-over-year in 2018) and the rise in sustainable and ccost-efficientsolutions, continue to be significant growth drivers in 2019.
Q1 2019
January 2019 marked the 29th consecutive month of manufacturing growth, according to the Institute of Supply Management (ISM). ISM’s Purchasing Managers Index, a monthly survey that indicates the economic health of the Manufacturing sector, registered 56.6%, an increase of 2.3% comp
Q1 2019
Market usage of Energy Management Services has grown steadily over the past five years. Growth within this industrial industry segment is attributed to its success in helping companies reduce one of their largest costs; energy. Advancing methods of data analytics and utilities management consulting have delivered a monumental benefit for businesses operating in deregulated environments. EMS not only helps companies monitor energy consumption but also aids organizations in making data-driven decisions and enhances enterprise-level operations and financial decisions.
Q1 2019
From both an industry growth and merger and acquisition (M&A) standpoint, 2018 was a monumental year for the Packaging industry. Rising levels of consumer spending and e-commerce sales have generated significant demand for sophisticated packaging services and innovative branded packaging solutions. Strong demand for packaging products and solutions has resulted in a corresponding increase in M&A activity resulting in a banner year. Capstone Headwaters identified 135 announced or closed transactions, a notable uptick relative to the 112 identified during 2017.
Q1 2019
Though tempered relative to that of the previous two years, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the Chemicals industry remained healthy during 2018. With 182 transactions announced or closed in the US, there was sustained interest from strategic buyers to pursue M&A as a means to expand geographically, diversify offerings, and improve economies of scale. Strategic buyers looking to add synergistic businesses accounted for 66.1% of deal activity.
Q4 2018
Merger and acquisition activity in the Environmental, Health & Safety industry remains robust as buyers continue to capitalize on market opportunities created by increasing government regulations, mounting corporate concerns regarding risk and potential liability, and favorable end-market dynamics. With a significant degree of industry fragmentation, firms are looking to the M&A market as a means to build scale and to offer clients expanded capabilities and geographically far-reaching services.

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