Industry Reports

Q1 2017
The global EdTech industry is expected to grow 17% per year to reach $252 billion by 2020, according to a report from EdTechXGlobal and IBIS Capital. As a result, the industry has seen strong levels of investment in both existing areas, such as K-12 and post-secondary, and historically underserved markets, such as corporate training.  
Q1 2017
Merger and acquisition activity in the Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) industry reached a record high in 2016 with 100 announced or completed transactions. Operators have benefitted from improving economic conditions and strong industrial output.  
Q1 2017
The US e-commerce market continues to grow at a healthy rate as consumers take advantage of varied channels for online orders across product categories, according to the US Department of Commerce.  As online sales growth continues to outpace the total retail market, merchants will need to focus on enhancing their platforms across digital channels to meet the increasingly diverse needs of their consumers.
Q1 2017
The old adage‘ the best defense is a good offense’ is certainly applicable today. As we witness ongoing geopolitical instability and increased tensions among superpowers, common sense indicates that global defense spending is poised to increase and preliminary indications are that the Trump Administration intends to do just that for the US.
Q1 2017
The Personal Care Products and Services industry saw a record-high level of mergers and acquisitions announced or closed in 2016. Activity rose from 103 transactions in 2015 to 124 transactions in 2016—translating to a 20.4% increase. 
Q1 2017
Physical Therapy (PT) remained in the spotlight as one of the most attractive sectors within healthcare. Bolstered by favorable industry dynamics, with healthcare oriented private equity firms flush with capital and readily available debt financing, 2016 marked another robust year of M&A activity. 
Q1 2017
The Healthcare Information Technology (HCIT) sector continued to be extremely attractive for mergers and acquisitions in 2016 with average EV/EBITDA multiples of 23.9x and average EV/Revenue multiples of 5.3x.
Q1 2017
The fragmented nature of this industry has made consolidation an attractive strategy for buyers.  In 2016 there has been a noticeable uptick in add-on acquisitions by private equity groups, now representing almost 40% of deal volume.
Q1 2017
Strategic acquirers have increased their appetite to partner with ASCs (especially physician-owned ASCs) in an effort to expand service offerings, increase choice for patients and expand/diversify revenue opportunities.
Q1 2017
Through 2016, M&A activity in the Mapping, Modeling & Simulation industry was very robust, outpacing every other year recorded by Capstone.

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