Industry Reports

Published on: 09/05/2014
Mergers and acquisitions in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry are accelerating as the economy continues to improve. Last year, market trends showed sellers remained reluctant to enter into M&A agreements, largely due to a tepid economy and budget and spending constraints in the government market.
Published on: 08/22/2014
The biometrics and identification space has experienced an active mergers & acquisitions market in recent years, a trend that held true in 2013 and continues in 2014 as the industry continues to mature.
Published on: 08/18/2014
The mergers & acquisition environment for the staffing & talent management industry 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 83 staffing & talent management transactions were reported through mid‐July, suggesting M&A activity in the sector in 2014 is on‐track to substantially out‐perform the activity of recent years.
Published on: 08/14/2014
Mergers and acquisitions in the juvenile products industry are continuing at an elevated level, fueled by improved economic conditions and increased consumer spending. M&A activity was very strong in 2013, during which 36 transactions were closed in the industry. Activity in the sector has remained robust in 2014, with 21 transactions reported year-to-date.
Published on: 07/30/2014
Mid‐way through 2014, M&A activity in the Environmental, Health & Safety industry has continued to accelerate. With 69 transactions completed through June, the industry is on track to break last year’s record figure and it continues to outperform the M&A market in general.
Published on: 07/23/2014
Merger and acquisition activity in the pet & animal care industry remains strong in 2014, with 23 transactions involving U.S. targets reported through the end of June. This figure indicates the pet & animal care industry is on‐track to outperform last year’s activity, a result of strong M&A market dynamics as well as continued interest by both strategic buyers and private equity firms. We expect these market drivers to persist for the remainder of the year and into 2015, resulting in healthy conditions for M&A activity in the industry.
Published on: 07/18/2014
M&A activity in the recreational products industry continues to be extraordinarily robust. The heightened level of activity has continued in 2014 with 47 transactions recorded through June. At this pace, the industry is on target to substantially outperform its record in 2013 ‐ a year in which 63 transactions were recorded.
Published on: 07/10/2014
The explosion and rapid sophistication of the mobile and wireless market has changed the way people live and work across the globe. As the industry continues to grow, M&A activity has helped organizations consolidate expertise, work new solutions into established portfolios, and explore significant market growth opportunities. Businesses operating in this space are well positioned as potential competitive differentiators for companies both inside and outside the mobile and wireless industry.  
Published on: 07/01/2014
The PreK‐12 education sector is undergoing a transformation as a result of increasing utilization of digital technology and curriculum, pressure for enhanced student outcomes, and the need for cost effective solutions due to budgetary constraints. This transition is creating a unique growth opportunity for product and service providers that offer a compelling value proposition to a market that is struggling to improve efficiencies, leverage technology and student assessment tools properly, and boost student results.
Published on: 06/30/2014
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 effective data storage and analysis, integrated business services, 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.