Economic Dashboard - March 22, 2013

March 25, 2013 16:06 by Jill Mortensen in Capital Markets, Economy  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)
The following is the Economic Dashboard for March 22, 2013. [More]

Lower Equity Contributions Fueling M&A Activity

March 19, 2013 10:38 by Stephanie Siders in Financing, M&A, Private Equity  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Equity contributions in private equity-backed deals are trending lower as private equity buyers increase leverage with cheap debt, enabling them to write checks for a lower percentage of the entire deal.  Equity contributions in leveraged buyouts averaged 39.4% in 2012, the lowest level seen si... [More]

Considering an acquisition? What's the right price?

March 11, 2013 11:49 by Terry Christenberry in M&A  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
There are many qualitative and quantitative factors to consider in determining the right price for an acquisition. Many of these factors, especially factors like impact on employees, corporate image, markets served etc. involve long term considerations and are difficult to quantify. [More]

The Positive Side of Private Capital

March 11, 2013 10:07 by Clayton Reeves in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
How many times during our most recent election did you hear something negative about private equity and/or the Romney affiliated Bain Capital group? Once a day? Once a commercial break? The fact is, PE, venture capital and private turnarounds have received a bad rap from the media and politicians in... [More]

QE Cubed: A Modest Proposal for More Fed Buying. A Lot More.

March 8, 2013 12:57 by Terry Christenberry in Economy, Financing  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Worried about the US budget deficit? David Kemper, Chairman of Commerce Bank sets forth an ingenious tongue in cheek solution, that is short but fun read. [More]

Q1 2013 PE Deal Multiples & Trends Report

March 7, 2013 12:17 by Clayton Reeves in M&A  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Pitchbook has released their Q1 2013 PE Deal Multiples & Trends Report. Some excerpts are included below:   Two thirds of transactions involved EBITDA multiples greater than 5.0x.   The revenue multiple spectrum was fairly dispersed, although over one fourth of transactions inv... [More]

BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

March 7, 2013 08:55 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Natural Gas  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The viability of CNG as a fuel for locomotives is yet another example of how the shale gas "BOOM" is changing the way we live.  As the article states, the conversion to CNG could be equivalent to the move from steam engines to diesel.  The need for CNG terminal stations and the supply infr... [More]

CC Capital Advisors: The State of M&A in Kansas City

March 4, 2013 11:12 by Clayton Reeves in Capital Markets, M&A  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
CC Capital Advisors has released their annual M&A report for the greater Kansas City area.  This document provides details on each of the 151 transactions, including analysis around historical trends and forward looking prognosis for the M&A market.   Feel free to download a copy ... [More]

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