Industry Reports

Q4 2018
With 91 deals announced or completed in the Personal Care Products & Services industry year-to-date 2018, merger and acquisitions activity is poised to exceed or match that of 2017. This year, historic levels of consumer confidence and per capita disposable income have strengthened demand for personal care products & services. Capstone Headwaters’ Personal Care Products & Services public company index indicates average revenue growth of 9.8% for the last twelve months ending in September.
Q4 2018
Year-to-date 2018 continues to show strong merger and acquisition and financing markets across the Financial Technology (FinTech) sectors. A total of 88 M&A transactions completed in Q3 2018 puts the FinTech industry on pace for its strongest M&A year on record.  
Q3 2018
Significant merger and acquisition activity in the Value-Added Distribution Industry has continued through year-to-date (YTD) 2018 on the heels of prolonged industrial and manufacturing expansion, shifting consumer preferences, and the ongoing proliferation of technology-based operating solutions. With 80 announced or closed transactions, YTD 2018 activity is on pace with that of 2017. Private equity continues to maintain a significant share of deal activity and has accounted for 37.5% of YTD transactions in the space.
Q3 2018
Due to increasing Millennial pet ownership (35.0% of all pets are owned by Millennials), the trends towards pet pampering and humanization will continue to accelerate. As owners look to pamper their dogs and cats, they invest more than ever in pet care products that can contribute to the health, well-being, and happiness of their companions. For this reason, provisional estimates by the American Pet Products Association indicate that spending across pet products in the US will grow 4.0% in 2018 despite relatively modest growth in the total US pet population.
Q3 2018
Year-to-date merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the eLearning, Corporate, and Professional Training industry has been robust with 54 transactions announced or closed, 45.9% higher than deal activity during the same period last year. Technology has been the biggest driver of the energetic buyer activity as corporations adapt to new training methods (such as online, micro, and adaptive learning) and the demand for training in areas such as information technology (IT) and coding rises. Coding boot camps were frequently targeted as the burgeoning industry consolidates.
Q4 2018
Following multiple years of decreasing merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) industry, Capstone Headwaters has identified a reverse in the trend through year-to-date (YTD) 2018. With 70 transactions announced or closed YTD, activity has increased by 18.8% yearover-year and is on pace to exceed that of each of the previous two years. Strategic buyers maintain a stronghold on M&A activity and have captured 60.0% of deals in the space.
Q3 2018
The record-breaking US bull market, characterized by historic levels of disposable income, rising consumer sentiment, and a 5.2% year-over-year increase in consumer expenditure, has driven an upswing in the Payment Processing industry. Expanding consumption coupled with the shift toward real-time, omnichannel payment processing systems has allowed niche companies to emerge and capture market share.
Q3 2018
This year, companies are fighting for top talent in the US as the number of job openings eclipsed the number of job seekers for the first time on record.  The tight labor market has emboldened workers to quite their job, with or without another opportunity lined up, with little fear of long-term unemployment.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of workers leaving their jobs reached 3.6 million in July, surpassing prerecession levels.
Q3 2018
Increased capabilities in data tracking, collecting and use are advancing analytic opportunities within the cockpit and have created a need for greater computing power in order to enhance aircraft control, safety, and functionality. In anticipation of resulting demand to upgrade cockpit equipment and instrumentation, leaders in the Avionics market are both acquiring new technologies and spurring organic growth by launching new in-house solutions. 

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