PE Firms Finding Exits Easier Than Investment Opportunities

June 25, 2013 12:33 by Clayton Reeves in Capital Markets, M&A, Private Equity  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
In an article on Dealbook today, this year $62 billion worth of deals larger than $1 billion have been announced, according to Thomson Reuters. That seems to be a positive indicator, as it represents a higher value than all of 2012; however, the purchase of the Heinz Company ($27 billion) and Dell I... [More]

Economic Dashboard - May 10, 2013

May 16, 2013 15:40 by Jill Mortensen in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
The following is the Economic Dashboard for May 10, 2013. [More]

Negotiating Loan Terms

April 19, 2013 09:47 by Bill Conway in Financing  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
Most of our recent posts have been about loan pricing and structure, which should come as no surprise to most of you. This is THE topic for banks right now, from rural community banks to the Wall Street megabanks. This means it is also the primary topic in our strategy discussions with clients. Our Flex Loan program is certainly helping clients book longer loans without the interest rate risk, but many are still facing hurdles on prepayment language and prices that translate to spreads under 200 basis points. I had this on my mind when I saw this post from Seth Godin's blog called "Avoiding the Custom Bully." [More]

Q1 Private Equity: Calm Before the Storm or Indications of a Slowdown?

April 12, 2013 15:49 by Clayton Reeves in M&A  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
After an the exclamation point to 2012 that was the fourth quarter, there is sometimes a need to take in a deep breath; that is exactly what happened in private equity ("PE") markets during February and March of Q1 2013.  After momentum from the end of 2012 carried through January, a huge drop ... [More]

Kansas Is Top 10 In Wind

April 12, 2013 14:04 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewables  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The State of Kansas is one of the top ten states in the country for wind generation, with generating capacity of 2,713 MW according to the American WindEnergy Association.  Kansas is certainly open for business!    Click here for full article. 

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]

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