Industry Reports

Published on: 05/14/2019
Future demand for simulation and training (S&T) activities is likely to mirror the macro developments that are driving the overall growth of the Aerospace & Defense industry. Namely, the pivot to a world of great military power competition raises the ante for simulation and training activities to keep pace with the increases in spending on advanced equipment such as fighter jets, bombers, helicopters, and drones.
Published on: 05/09/2019
Early into 2019, the Post-Secondary Education (PSE) industry has already seen a significant rise in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity. Year-to-date (YTD), 24 transactions have been announced or closed—roughly double that of YTD 2018. The uptick in M&A reinforces the fact that the PSE market is finally reaching a healthy state where buyers are coming back to the table.
Published on: 05/09/2019
US Chemical Production levels have already exceeded 2018, increasing 3.1% year-over-year 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 percentage points) and production (+1.0 percentage point). Healthy manufacturing capacities are expected to support chemicals demand as well as 2019 EBITDA increases, according to the S&P Global Chemicals Industry Top Trends 2019.
Published on: 05/08/2019
The digitalization of the Security Solutions industry, including technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet-of-things (IoT), and cloud computing, have driven a transformative shift from traditional security systems toward data-driven and intelligent proactive systems. As a result of the heightened demand for improved monitoring and predictive capabilities, the Global Security Solutions industry is expected to reach a market value of $410.3 billion by 2023.
Published on: 05/08/2019
The well-managed, nonopportunistic use of outsourcing to support drug development and, in particular, the development and manufacturing functions, allows sponsor-innovators to take advantage of specialist expertise, resulting in higher compliance and productivity levels, shorter turnaround and set-up times, access to difficult-to-find expertise, shorter completion dates, and lower overall costs.
Published on: 05/06/2019
Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the eLearning, Corporate & Professional Training industry has been robust in Q1, with 29 transactions announced or closed compared to 20 in Q1 2018. Online learning, compliance management, and talent management providers have been frequently targeted sectors in the industry. 
Published on: 05/06/2019
College applicants today face an increasingly selective admissions environment which has served as a catalyst for the growth of pre-college programs that allow for differentiation among students. With the number of college students in the US expected to grow at an annualized rate of 1.4% through 2023, there is a heightened level of competition among those pursuing higher education.
Published on: 05/03/2019
More than one million restaurant locations exist in the US today and competition for customers is fierce. At the same time, operators are navigating a challenging shift in consumer preferences. As Baby Boomers retire and Millennials and Gen Xers show a preference for healthier, on-trend food largely from independent and small chains, many of the national chains, particularly in the Casual Dining sector, have lost market share.
Published on: 05/02/2019
In 2018, 331 transactions were announced or completed in the Marketing Services industry. Through Q1 2019, deal volume was robust with 92 transactions, compared to 64 in Q1 2018. Acquisitions in the Marketing Services industry have predominantly been completed in the Digital and Direct Marketing segments.
Published on: 05/01/2019
On the heels of a turbulent December, 2019 got off to a rocky start as investors took a wait-and-see approach. Sluggish volume of $2.1 billion through February was buttressed by an additional $2.1billion of new issuance in March as investor concerns eased and M&A activity picked up. The latest data indicates that April is poised for a strong showing with $1.9 billion of volume through mid-April...