Yours truly received some pushback end of last year when I said that higher interest rates and a slowing economy would slow the pace of Tech M&A activity. The number of Tech M&A deals in November was down more than 47% year-over-year. Tech M&A volume has experienced double-digit percentage, year-over-year declines since February of this … Continue reading M&A Activity Continues To Slide
The thin margin grocery business is a scale game. Grocery chain operators will continue to offset rising input costs (primarily food and labor) with higher retail prices and an increased focus on self-service and automation. Walmart (WMT) is the leading grocery chain in the U.S. and only Amazon (AMZN), has the balance sheet to compete. … Continue reading Kroger and Albertsons Rumored Deal Makes Sense
Back in May we wrote that this is a difficult environment in which to get M&A transactions done. Bloomberg reports that more than $150 billion of M&A deal activity has been "scrapped or stalled" given the interest rate environment and economic backdrop. Our view is that the state of M&A deal activity will get worse … Continue reading The M&A Slowdown
Our view is that the Fed will only truly pursue an extended tightening course (full wind down of QE followed by rate hikes), if price inflation continues to where the Biden Administration feels it will cost the Democrat Party in the 2022 mid-term elections and/or hurt Biden's chances for re-election in 2024. The Fed is … Continue reading Our View On Fed Tightening and M&A
Tickers Mentioned: Roper Technologies (tkr: ROP); SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC); Verisk (tkr: VRSK) Private Equity has ramped its exposure to the Life Annuity Insurance industry over the past decade with PE-owned or PE-sponsored insurer's admitted assets growing from $67.4 billion in 2011 to $604.1 billion at year-end 2020 (per AM Best), a 9x increase. If … Continue reading Private Equity and Life Annuity Insurance
Based on the inbound traffic to our CEORater and TEK2day properties our best guess is that M&A due diligence is taking place for a deal between some combination of Fiserv (FISV), FIS Global (FIS) and Global Payments (GPN). The last time we saw this type of activity on our platform was in the several months … Continue reading Deals Brewing Based On CEORater and TEK2day Traffic?
Identifying acquisition targets is an arduous process. Machine learning can help. It is somewhat easier to identify acquisition targets today than it was 10 years ago given the advent of private company databases such as Bob's Guide, Crunchbase, CB Insights, PitchBook and others. However, we have yet to find a data service that combines a … Continue reading M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning
We all want to feel special, to believe we make a difference, that we contribute to society whether it be through job creation, volunteering our time or some other means. M&A is no different. Target company CEOs and management teams want to feel loved. This is especially true of founder CEOs. Should a founder CEO … Continue reading We All Want to Feel Loved. M&A Is No Different.
Some companies execute smart, strategic acquisitions better than others. Here’s a short list of publicly-traded FinTech & Info Services companies that do M&A well: CoStar Group (tkr: CSGP), Intercontinental Exchange (tkr: ICE), IHS Markit (tkr: INFO) SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) and Verisk (tkr: VRSK). Click Here for Revenue, EBITDA and related metrics. We love FinTech … Continue reading Build. Acquire. Repeat.Premium
Cryptocurrency firms fell from grace (Chain and Lightyear merged to form Interstellar) as valuations and expectations got too far ahead of themselves for both the various "coin" firms as well as for blockchain - the distributed database technology that enables digital currency transactions. We are long-term bullish on each - particularly blockchain. The crypto space … Continue reading Don’t Believe The Hype