Industry Reports

Published on: 10/09/2014
America's aging infrastructure is resulting in a growing list of failures that consist of an everincreasing number of high-profile water main breaks, electricity failures and transportation delays. Adding to the age issue is the fact that the number of climate-related disasters has increased significantly over the past few decades, wreaking havoc on the infrastructure system.
Published on: 10/09/2014
Mergers and acquisitions in the packaging industry are benefitting from further improvements in the economy, which is supporting growth in the industry and continued advances in the sales and profitability results of many packaging companies. Analysts expect the positive economic conditions to persist, amid reports that GDP, employment figures, the manufacturing index and consumer confidence are all advancing in 2014.
Published on: 09/23/2014
Merger & acquisition activity in the staffing & talent management industry has been accelerating in recent years and has been very strong thus far in 2014, as an improving employment situation and a favorable operating environment for staffing companies continues to draw buyer interest. Capstone’s research indicates that 118 staffing & talent management transactions were reported through mid-September, suggesting the current pace of M&A activity in the sector is exceeding that of recent years.
Published on: 09/22/2014
Merger and acquisition activity in the military communications industry has moderated somewhat in the past year, reflective of the general slowing in activity among all defense companies. PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that 250 M&A transactions were completed globally in the aerospace and defense sector in 2013, a 25% decline from 2012 and a nearly 30% decline from record levelsin 2011, attributable to defense budget cuts. 
Published on: 09/19/2014
Merger & acquisition activity in the $35 billion natural & organic products industry is accelerating as the industry matures. With its proven sustainability and increasingly professional management, the sector is attracting more investment from corporate and private equity buyers alike, resulting in a steady flow of transactions, including several watershed deals.
Published on: 09/15/2014
M&A activity in the personal care industry was robust in 2014, with 81 transactions reported for the year, a preliminary figure that will surely rise as additional transactions are recorded for the year. The elevated level of activity in the industry is presenting a unique opportunity for private business owners looking to exit their business or team with a growth partner. In fact, as valuations are generally on an upswing, many sellers have more options today than in the past five years to extract value from their companies. 
Published on: 09/15/2014
A series of water crises, from serious drought conditions to major infrastructure failures, are capturing news headlines and prompting calls for increased water regulations and legislation. This activity is resulting in emergency repairs and is directing some much-needed funding to address the issue, but municipal budgets remain stressed and spending is doing little more than meeting the minimumrequirements.
Published on: 09/12/2014
The security solutions industry is enjoying an active M&A market within both the electronic security and personnel security segments. Electronic security is composed of systems that monitor physical environments and includes CCTV and fire alarm surveillance systems. This segment includes companies that install, monitor and maintain surveillance systems. Outsourced personnel security involves the use of persons to guard or protect a particular physical environment, and provide related services.
Published on: 09/12/2014
M&A activity in the cable network equipment industry has increased substantially since the recessionary period of 2008-2009. Since then, activity has risen more than 30%, and the number of transactions have remained elevated since 2012. Activity has continued to be robust in 2014; Capstone’s research indicates that 45 transactions were closed through the end of August.
Published on: 09/09/2014
M&A activity in the pharmaceutical outsourcing industry has been strong in 2014, as buyers continue to seek strategic, tuck in acquisitions that can offer any of a number of advantages. These include expanded capabilities that can assist the acquirer in building a full‐service offering, niche research and production technologies and capabilities, expert talent, new geographic markets in this increasingly global market, and access to new blue‐chip customers.