Industry Reports

Published on: 05/12/2014
Despite a continuation of federal, state and municipal budget constraints, M&A activity in the infrastructure sector is off to a good start in 2014, as buyers continue to see long‐term promise in the industry. Transactions were recorded in every product and service segment of the industry including companies that provide engineering & design, infrastructure products and services, supporting software & technology, and testing & compliance.
Published on: 05/12/2014
M&A activity in the personal care industry remains strong. Like most sectors, the industry experienced a decline in activity in 2013, as the impending capital gains tax rate increase artificially inflated the number of transactions in 2012 and, once implemented, contributed to a drop in 2013. Capstone’s research shows that the number of transactions in the industry reached 77 last year, representing a 23% decline.
Published on: 05/08/2014
M&A activity in the Environmental, Health & Safety industry remains strong. Most industries experienced a decline in activity in 2013, as the impending capital gains tax rate increase artificially inflated the number of transactions in 2012 and, once implemented, contributed to a drop in 2013. However, this trend was not the case for the EH&S industry, with displayed substantial activity in 2013. Capstone’s research shows that the number of transactions in the industry reached 109 last year, representing a 38% increase.
Published on: 05/01/2014
The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry includes providers of products and services that are used in repairing or maintaining industrial and commercial facilities and machinery as well as automotive, locomotive and aviation fleets. This report focuses on facilities and related equipment. The broad array of participants includes original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), independent repair providers, alternate parts manufacturers, engineering services providers, and warehouse distributors, all focused on supporting businesses in running their operations.
Published on: 04/28/2014
The US industrial distribution industry includes about 9,000 establishments, with combined annual revenue estimated at $60 billion, according to IBISWorld. Companies in this industry distribute a wide variety of supplies, tools, machinery and equipment used in the manufacturing, oil and gas, warehousing and other sectors.
Published on: 04/22/2014
Capstone’s research indicates that M&A activity in the corporate and professional training industry has echoed fluctuations in the economy. Activity peaked in 2006 and 2007, then dropped in half during the recent recessionary years. Since then, the number of transactions recorded in the industry has improved substantially, and reached record highs in 2013, reflecting the improved economy and resumed growth and expansion in the sector.
Published on: 04/22/2014
Not surprisingly, M&A activity in the government contracting space declined in 2013, the result of reduced budgets & spending, sequestration and the government shutdown last fall. Exit plans and acquisitions were temporarily put on hold while sellers and buyers gauged the impact of government austerity measures.
Published on: 04/15/2014
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: 04/07/2014
Mergers & acquisitions in the staffing & talent management industry outperformed expectations in 2013, backed by an improving employment situation and a favorable operating environment for staffing companies. Capstone’s research shows that 133 staffing & talent management transactions were reported in 2013, a healthy 29% increase over the number of transactions completed in 2012.
Published on: 04/06/2014
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. 

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