Industry Reports

Published on: 06/28/2019
Who will grow our food? The perfect storm of a strong economy and reduced immigration has caused a steady decline in the number of people willing to perform the physical labor needed to cultivate, harvest and process food in America. Download our Summer 2019 Agriculture Labor Report to find out how this farm labor shortage is driving innovation in agriculture.  
Published on: 06/21/2019
Through the beginning of June 2019, there have been 19 announced or closed transactions in the Call Center industry, consistent with year-to-date levels in 2018. Strong buyer interest in the industry has been supported by profit margin expansion and robust demand among US firms for outsourced customer service operations. 
Published on: 06/17/2019
While restaurants continue to be challenged by declining traffic and increasing labor costs, same-store sales rebounded to show a 1.1% increase in May and provide a cautiously optimistic outlook for the industry, according to TDn2K’s Black Box Intelligence. Additionally, top emerging brands continued to grow their footprints in excess of 35% on average, highlighting the ongoing bifurcation in the industry.
Published on: 06/13/2019
Through the beginning of June, 17 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been announced or completed in the Primary & Secondary Education industry. This included seven acquisitions by private equity firms (41.2%), seven acquisitions by educational institutions (41.2%) and three acquisitions by strategic companies (17.6%). Notably, iEducation Group (backed by Leeds Equity Partner) acquired California-based Futures Academy in May for an undisclosed amount.
Published on: 06/13/2019
The latest issue of our Enterprise SaaS & Cloud Industry Report, highlighting trends in M&A, financing, IPOs and capital markets for private and public companies in the SaaS & Cloud sector, is now available. Highlights from this report include: Record merger & acquisitions (M&A) activity with 1,917 deals totaling over $200 billion during the last twelve months, IPO activity slowed in Q1 with just two deals compared to seven in Q4 2018, Private M&A targets were valued at a median revenue multiple of 4.6x LTM, above historic norms but slightly below the 5.0x we saw for 2018  
Published on: 06/07/2019
Following a year of unprecedented merger and acquisition (M&A) volume, the Education Technology (EdTech) industry has kept pace with 2018 activity with 57 deals announced or closed in the US and Canada year-to-date. Private equity groups (PEGs) remain very active buyers and have accounted for 54% of deal volume to-date. 
Published on: 06/06/2019
A historically tight labor market where job openings consistently outpace hiring coupled with an aging US population and greater healthcare utilization continues to bolster demand as well as deal activity within the Healthcare Staffing sector. The number of individuals employed in healthcare is projected to grow 18% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
Published on: 06/05/2019
The E-commerce & Internet Retailing market has experienced substantial growth with sales increasing at an average rate of 15.8% year-over-year (YOY) since 2009, according to the US Census Bureau. Favorable macroeconomic tailwinds during this period have held steady with most recent data indicating a 2.3% YOY increase in per capita disposable incomes in March, according to the Federal Reserve, and a 4% month-over-month increase in the April consumer confidence index, according to The Conference Board.
Published on: 06/03/2019
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%. Industrial manufacturers exposed to rising import tariffs are expected to mitigate their exposure and cost by seeking alternative supply chains solutions and passing the cost onto customers.
Published on: 05/31/2019
Historically low unemployment levels and a tightening labor market has provided solid growth opportunities for the Human Resources (HR) & Staffing Services industry in 2019. Additionally, younger employees are changing jobs more frequently and seeking nonconventional options such as remote or contract work which has also driven demand for workforce management tools and staffing services.