CCCA Economic Dashboard: October 11th, 2013

October 15, 2013 10:55 by Clayton Reeves in Capital Markets, Economy  //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Attached is the CCCA economic dashboard as of October 11th, 2013. Click here to view a larger image.

Economic Dashboard - October 4, 2013

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CCCA Economic Dashboard: September 27th, 2013

October 1, 2013 10:04 by Clayton Reeves in Capital Markets, Economy  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Attached is the CCCA economic dashboard as of September 27th, 2013. Click here to view a larger image.

CCCA Economic Dashboard: September 6th, 2013

September 9, 2013 12:12 by Clayton Reeves in Capital Markets, Economy  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Attached is the CCCA economic dashboard as of September 6th, 2013. Click here to view a larger image.  

A Busy Week in M&A!

As reported by Daily Finance, deal-makers have wrapped up three multi-billion dollar acquisitions so far this week as the markets get a late start thanks to Labor Day. This week has proven to be a busy one in terms of billion+ acquisitions, as three have been wrapped up already. Microsoft, Verizon and lesser known Jarden (consumer products) all completed deals with price tags over the billion dollar mark. Microsoft agreed to purchase Nokia's cellphone business for $7.2 billion in a move that has been anticipated by many. Controlling the business allows MSFT to make a more unified and coordinated challenge to Apple, Google and Samsung in the mobile market. This will allow the company to leverage their Windows platform, which has already gained more traction in mobile than many expected (although the desktop version has left much to be desired). Additionally relevant, and perhaps less obvious, is what impact the move will have on Microsoft's executive team moving forward. MSFT has "acquired" Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop in the deal; Elop is a proven leader and will automatically be the top contender to succeed Steve Ballmer. Verizon's deal was more of a self purchase, as it completed the purchase of 45 percent of Verizon Wireless held by British Telecom giant Vodaphone. At a price of $130 billion, the cost was steep. However, this gives Verizon Communications full control of the company and its 100 million subscribers. Finally, in a deal that smells incredible, Jarden purchased privately held scent seller Yankee Candle, best known for its candles. That deal is valued at almost $1.8 billion. What does this mean for the wider market? It is difficult to tell. September is usually a bad month for stock markets, which could make M&A deal makers skittish. However, mega-deals of this nature are a good sign that activity in the second half may pick up as predicted. Read the entire article here.

Q2 Deal Multiples Update

August 21, 2013 10:45 by Clayton Reeves in Capital Markets, Economy, M&A  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
The market was widely unchanged from Q1 to Q2 2013.  Multiples remained comparable to the quarter prior, and there remained a significant premium in play for larger companies. - The median EBITDA multiple for all deals was 6.07x.- The median revenue multiple for all deals was 1.06x.- The median debt percentage for all deals was 57%.- The average time to close a deal was 15 weeks. One of the most interesting factors was the push away from only companies with topline growth; in the most recent quarter,  33% of the acquired companies saw flat or shrinking revenue in the year prior to acquisition, while respondents anticipate that 90% of the companies acquired in 2Q will see heightened revenue in the year ahead.  Last quarter, very few companies would invest in a company without topline growth.  It looks like the competition between buyers may be forcing the hand of some participants to go outside their normal constraints. Click here to read the report from Pitchbook.

CCCA Economic Dashboard: August 16th, 2013

August 19, 2013 13:36 by Clayton Reeves in Capital Markets, Economy  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Attached is the CCCA economic dashboard as of August 16th, 2013. Click here to view a larger image.

CCCA Economic Dashboard: August 9th, 2013

August 14, 2013 15:08 by Clayton Reeves in Capital Markets, Economy  //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Attached is the CCCA economic dashboard as of August 9th, 2013. Click here to view a larger image.

Q2 2013 Private Equity Industry Trends

August 13, 2013 12:17 by Clayton Reeves in Capital Markets, Healthcare, M&A, Private Equity  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)
McGladrey and PitchBook have reported private equity activity broken down into four sectors: business products & services, consumer products, health care and information technology. B2B: This industry continued to slow down in Q2 2013, with only 95 PE deals completed, totaling $11.0 billion. To put this into perspective, these are some of the lowest numbers in the last decade. Consumer Products: Continuing the trend from B2B, consumer products also slowed to the pace of frozen molasses, with PE completing just 64 deals during Q2.  Again, for perspective, this is the lowest quarterly total in more than a decade. Like other parts of the M&A market, the dollar amount ($31.2 billion) doesn't look too bad until you take out the megadeal for Heinz ($23.2 billion). Health Care: In an industry that has been expected to provide high deal flow, health care failed to live up to the hype.  PE managed only $4.1 billion of investment across 37 transactions. This proved to be the slowest quarter for deal flow since Q3 2009. Information Technology: Breaking the negative trend in PE activity, IT saw an increase in deals from Q1. Private equity invested $12.5 billion across 65 deals in Q2, which is similar to quarterly activity for the last couple years. So, what do these trends indicate for the broader M&A market?  It means that while PE still has considerable dry powder, this remains a seller's market.  Quality companies with earnings growth are hard to find, and when they decide to sell they are able to demand a high multiple.  So far, buyers have been patient, but eventually someone will have to flinch.  Either sellers will need to lower price expectations, or buyers will need to increase their price expectations for high quality targets.  If this doesn't happen, expect continued sluggishness. Click here to read the industry reports.

Would Anyone Buy BlackBerry?

August 12, 2013 17:50 by Clayton Reeves in Capital Markets, M&A, Telecom  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Today, BlackBerry halted trading of their shares and announced their intentions to explore strategic alternatives in an effort to ensure their BlackBerry 10 release goes well.  They have formed a Special Committee of the Board in an effort to make these strategic plans more tangible. Timothy Dattels, Chairman of the aforementioned special committee, recently said, "During the past year, management and the Board have been focused on launching the BlackBerry 10 platform and BES 10, establishing a strong financial position, and evaluating the best approach to delivering long-term value for customers and shareholders."  This effort has apparently expanded beyond the walls of BlackBerry to include a potential corporate transaction. So, given the fact that BlackBerry is now exploring their options, what will we see happen in the next weeks and months? There are basically two options: BlackBerry can go private or they can be sold to another company. Going Private: This would remove the quarterly stress of earnings, continuously swirling negative sentiment and allow the company to reinvent itself from the relative privacy a private company enjoys. Right now, they are caught in a downward spiral of tremendously reduced market share, a series of failed products and an angry investor base. Going private could help to stem this tide. However, it won't change the intrinsic nature of the company, which has been producing some lackluster offerings in the mobile sphere. Selling the Company: This is the other primary alternative this special committee is most likely considering.Who would buy a former market leader that has been destroyed in recent years by Apple, Google and Microsoft? Well, Microsoft might be a potential landing spot for BlackBerry. The Windows Phone has picked up some steam, and Microsoft could have an interest in eating up BlackBerry's market share and trying to keep it for themselves. One intriguing possibility for BlackBerry would be a Chinese acquirer.  Companies like Huawei and ZTE have the capital and ambition necessary to play in the North American arena, and it may be more cost and time effective to resurrect a struggling brand like BlackBerry than start from scratch. So, there are two main alternatives for the committee to consider, both with potential pitfalls and challenges.  However, either option could prevent the only way for BlackBerry to halt their downward slide.  It will be interesting to see who comes forward in this process, vying for a chance to buy the former market leader. Click here to read the press release from BlackBerry.

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