Industry Reports

Q3 2018
Addressing force readiness is a key priority contained in the FY19 US Defense budget.  The proposed 8.0% increase in US Army spending levels is part of a two year bi-partisan compromise agreement and will gradually benefit providers of simulation and training products and services to the US DoD.1  For many defense contractors in this sector, such demand is welcomed after years of sequestration-motivated spending declines.   
Q3 2018
Most of our major bridges, tunnels, highways, dams and ports are nearly 60 years old and, in some cases, older. The average age of the bridges and tunnels around New York City is 90 years with the oldest built in 1848 and the newest in 1999.  Much of the older infrastructure is located in highly populated areas. The lack of leadership at all levels of government including Local, State, and Federal Governments has created uncertainty within both the domestic and foreign capital markets, creating significant funding gaps that need to be filled.
Q3 2018
Merger and acquisition (M&A) volume in the industry has been precisely on pace with last spring, with 23 deals announced or closed year-to-date in both 2018 and 2017. A closer look at the numbers reveals that two verticals in particular, school-based therapy and autism treatment, are seeing intensifying M&A activity. Through Q2 2018 10 deals have been announced or closed in these verticals compared to six deals through the same period in 2017.
Q3 2018
2018 continues to show a strong merger and acquisition (M&A) and financing market across the Financial Technology (FinTech) spectrum.  A total of 93 M&A transactions completed in Q2 2018 is the second highest recorded in the past 10 quarters.  Year-to-date (YTD), there has been a total of $17.0 billion invested in FinTech companies globally across 700 deals.  
Q3 2018
The C4ISR market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6% to $119.4 billion by 2022, according to Markets and Markets. Growth is being driven by the need for analysis and dissemination of large data collections, electronic warfare, and airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
Q2 2018
Historic levels of disposable income and consumer confidence has helped to propel consumer spending by 2.8% in the last twelve months (LTM) ending in April 2018, which has resulted in a corresponding uptick in Recreational Products industry performance. Following a 1.0% year-over-year (YOY) decline in the average revenue for eight public companies tracked by Capstone Headwaters’ Recreational Products index ending in June 2017, the Index rebounded with a 10.3% YOY increase in average revenue, ending June 2018.
Q2 2018
The Payment Processing industry continues to see robust merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, with 47 deals announced or closed year-to-date (YTD) compared to 41 in 2017.  The vibrant economy has boosted consumer confidence and spending power, which has increased demand for payment processing solutions.  Notably, three prepaid card companies (iPayment Holdings, Next Gen Gifting, and Gift Card Impressions) have been acquired in 2018, demonstrating the continued appetite for companies in this segment.  
Q2 2018
Last year and the first quarter of 2018 saw rising sector merger & acquisition (M&A) and financing activity.  Key transaction trends included sector consolidation, increasing venture capital investing, higher cybersecurity spending, and technology advances.  
Q2 2018
Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the Chemicals industry remains healthy as both private equity and strategic operators demonstrate continued interest in the space and have competed to win deals.  Through the first half of 2018, various mega-deals announced in previous years – most notably the merger between E.I.
Q2 2018
The Healthcare Staffing industry has seen robust growth in the midst of one of the longest economic expansions in US history. The US temporary staffing market for healthcare occupations has grown from $10.1 billion in 2013 to a record $15.9 billion last year, a 57% jump according to Staffing Industry Analysts.  The national unemployment rate hovered at 17-year low of 4.1% for six consecutive months, before edging down to 3.9% in April and 3.8% in May (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).  

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