Industry Reports

Published on: 03/23/2015
Retail shrinkage, shoplifting, employee theft and supplier fraud costs U. S. companies over $40 billion annually. Conventional wisdom would say that the problem is only getting worse due to the growing popularity of trendy tech consumer products, “must-have” clothing and footwear, and other temptations. Costs associated with vandalism would only seem to make matters worse. But, the numbers tell a different story as crimes involving property, including theft, and burglary rates have steadily declined over the last decade. 
Published on: 03/13/2015
Merger & acquisition activity in the education technology (“edtech”) industry accelerated in 2014, reaching a record high of 69 transactions recorded for the year. Furthermore, 2015 started out particularly strong with 16 edtech transactions either completed or pending through February, putting 2015 on the path to another banner year of M&A growth.
Published on: 02/23/2015
Activity in the staffing sector outperformed other segments in 2014, as the industry benefitted from a much improved employment situation, making acquisitions more attractive. Capstone’s research indicates that 182 staffing & talent management transactions were reported in 2014, the highest figure since 2007 and a new industry record.
Published on: 02/17/2015
This report focuses on maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses that provide products and services used in maintaining and repairing industrial and commercial facilities and equipment. This category includes original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), independent repair providers, alternate parts manufacturers, engineering services providers and warehouse distributors, all focused on supporting businessesin their operations.
Published on: 02/17/2015
Merger and acquisition activity was very robust in 2014, both in terms of the number of deals and cumulative transaction value. In fact, 2014 was one of the best years on record and proof positive that the market has completely recovered from the financial meltdown of 2009. Preliminary figures show the number of U.S. transactions increased nearly 8% in 2014 to over 16,700.
Published on: 02/12/2015
2014 was one of the strongest years on record for mergers and acquisitions in the natural & organic products industry, and was in-part reflective of the high level of activity reported across many consumer staples categories, as shown in the following graph. The number of recorded transactions in the segment increased nearly 11% in 2014 to a total of 460 transactions. This substantial gain was the result of excellent operating conditions for businesses in the segment, making them attractive acquisition targets with the ability to draw strong valuations.
Published on: 02/09/2015
With technology playing an important role at the core of all industries, players in the SaaS & Cloud computing  space continue to reshape the M&A landscape in the middle market. The importance of an effective on-demand delivery model, integrated business services, data storage and analysis, and a connected workforce cannot be understated in today’s business environment and has solidified software defined businesses as appetizing targets, as well as deal makers, for strategic and financial partners.
Published on: 02/06/2015
M&A activity in the pet & animal care industry continued its upward climb in 2014, with 47 transactions involving U.S. targets reported for the year. A new record for the pet & animal sector. While several notable deals were recorded, including the $8.7 billion take-private acquisition of PetSmart, the majority of industry transactions occurred in the middle market.
Published on: 01/28/2015
The juvenile products industry continued to rise in 2014, as industry sales and profits expanded, supported by a growing economy and a corresponding increase in consumer spending. A total of 39 transactions were reported in 2014, as the industry posted its fifth consecutive year‐over‐year increase in the number of transactions.
Published on: 01/23/2015
There was no shortage of M&A transactions in the medical device outsourcing industry in 2014. As activity rose in concert with the improving performance of both targets and buyers in the sector. Accelerating activity also reflected a higher level of CEO confidence that accompanied a settling of the industry, following several recent disruptive changes which included healthcare reform and the corresponding excise tax on medical device sales as well as an increase in the capital gains tax rate, all of which that took effect in 2013.