Industry Reports

Published on: 10/07/2013
The staffing industry has experienced a particularly active M&A market thus far in 2013, reflecting an improving economy and a healthy operating environment for many staffing businesses. Capstone’s research indicates that 89 transactions were completed in the industry through mid‐September, suggesting M&A activity in the sector is on‐track to substantially out‐perform recent years.
Published on: 10/06/2013
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. 
Published on: 10/05/2013
Merger and acquisition activity in the juvenile products industry is accelerating, as the sector continues to benefit from an increase in consumer spending and a general improvement in the economy. M&A activity was robust in 2012, during which 29 transactions were closed in the industry. The positive trend continues in 2013, with 25 transactions reported closed year-to-date. 
Published on: 10/04/2013
The staffing industry has experienced an active M&A market through mid-August 2013 as a result of an improving economy and a robust operating environment for staffing businesses. Capstone’s research indicates that 86 staffing transactions were completed through mid-August, indicating M&A in the sector is on-track to substantially out-perform recent years.
Published on: 10/04/2013
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: 09/13/2013
Demand for infrastructure investments in the U.S. is on the rise, generating a continuing upward climb in M&A activity as the number of deals catches up with investor demand. Acquisitions of infrastructure related businesses – which comprise many sectors such as water, energy, transportation, industrial and telecommunications – are particularly appealing because of the industry’s expected future growth.
Published on: 08/28/2013
The “Pharmaceutical Outsourcing” sector is large and highly fragmented and not only includes CROs and CMOs, but a diverse array of niche companies providing services to pharma and biotech companies.
Published on: 08/28/2013
M&A activity in the packaging industry has remained vibrant in 2013, with 70 transactions reported through mid‐August. Extrapolated through the end of the year, this activity is about even with the 115 transactions closed in the industry in 2012. The high level of M&A activity is due to strong fundamentals in the overall M&A market as well as intrest in strategic buyers and private equity firms in the packaging sector.
Published on: 08/28/2013
The M&A market remains strong, with strategic corporate acquirers continuing to seek growth through acquisitions as they bolster healthy balance sheets, collectively estimated at $1.8 trillion. Furthermore, private equity fundraising activity in 2Q, at $48 billion, was at its highest level since 1Q 2009, bringing the total to $73 billion for the first half of 2013. This places the private equity overhang (funds raised vs. funds deployed) at $328 billion. Low interest rates and available capital have also made for a favorable financing environment. 
Published on: 08/23/2013
The biometrics industry is highly fragmented and offers attractive growth prospects, driving aggressive M&A activity in the space from both corporate buyers and private equity groups. As an analyst from TechNavio’s Hardware team stated, “An increase in mergers and acquisitions is expected to continue in the coming years. Both existing vendors and new entrants prefer the acquisitive route to either enter the market or broaden their portfolio of offerings.”