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Kenneth Wasik

  • Managing Director
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Biography

Ken joined Capstone Headwaters to lead the Consumer & Retail practice.  He brings nearly 25 years of investment banking experience including domestic and international mergers & acquisitions, initial and secondary offerings of public companies, debt raises and private placements for his clients.  He has helped raise over $10 billion in capital for clients during his career. 

Over the last 10 years, he has pursued his passion for advising high growth, middle market consumer product companies and retailers of which a large percentage are family and entrepreneurial owned. Ken regularly presents at consumer industry conferences and has testified twice as an expert witness on consumer brands.  

He joins Capstone Headwaters from Stephens Investment Bank, where he started and led the Consumer Products Group. Prior to Stephens, Ken was with Jefferies and Co. as Managing Director of Consumer Products. Before Jefferies and Co., he was Head of the Consumer, Food and Retail Group at Houlihan, Lokey, Howard, and Zukin, and was responsible for building out Houlihan’s consumer and retail coverage universe, as well. Kenneth began his career in Investing Banking at UBS in New York, NY, where he supported execution of large packaged goods companies.

Education

Columbia University - MBA - Finance

St. Joseph’s University - BS - Accounting

Registrations & Affiliations

FINRA - Series 79 Registered Investment Banking Representative

 

Industry Coverage

Following substantial headwinds during the onset of the pandemic, the Home Goods industry has demonstrated a remarkable recovery driven by consumers’ heightened focus on home furnishings and improvement amid increased time at home.  Quarantine restrictions and work from home trends are fueling home goods spending and investors are showing increased attraction to the sector.  Capstone expects merger and acquisition (M&A) activity to accelerate for quality home goods companies with established online channels, strong brand recognition, and differentiated business models. Read more

Despite significant headwinds introduced by COVID-19 in the Personal Care industry, demand has persisted for brands with favorable product mixes and robust e-commerce capabilities.  While deal-making has slowed through year-to-date 2020 compared to the prior year, personal care brands and manufacturers have continued to draw sustained buyer interest, with the Skincare/Bodycare segment comprising the highest percentage of transactions. Read more

COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing protocols have driven consumers to increasingly pursue recreation and leisure activities, contributing to heightened demand for outdoor, sporting goods, and tactical product manufacturers.  Notably, bicycle sales have increased dramatically, rising 63% year-over-year, amounting to $679 million, with mountain bikes and road bike sales up 92% and 87% in June, respectively, according to NPD.  Read more