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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Why Should We Care About The Private Equity Gender Gap?

A recent article from PE Hub reported the results of a survey done by Preqin that reported that in North America, only 11 percent of senior positions at private equity (including venture capital) firms are held by women.  In July, Polaris made headlines when they named the only female partner currently at any of the […]

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Small Business Investment Incentives – US vs. UK

As reported in the Angel Capital Association news-letter last week, The House passed the “Tax Increase Prevention Act” (TIPA) that amongst other things would exclude 100% of capital gains on the stock of small businesses acquired in 2014 and held for more than five years.  It also eliminates the gain as an Alternative Minimum Tax […]

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Is Corporate Venture Capital a part of your Financing Strategy?

Corporate venture capital is hot…really hot. U.S. funding levels spiked in Q2 2014 to nearly $1.2 billion and public tech companies are sitting on massive cash balances.  These companies are looking to parley their huge cash positions into new growth opportunities through their own venture groups in order to try and keep up with the accelerating […]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Battle for BOM Control and its Impact on Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation

For years the big PLM and their ERP counterparts have been battling it out for control of the company master Bill of Material (BOM). ERP vendors have traditionally owned the Manufacturing BOM; PLM the Engineering BOM; leaving the end user to determine who owns the master. In our recent white paper that initiated coverage of […]

Monday, August 25, 2014

Private Equity and Venture Capital Going Back to School

Over the last few years, both private equity and venture capital firms are taking an increasing interest in the education sector, as seen below in this chart from Pitchbook. In general, some of the differences between the investments made by VC firms vs PE firms include: VC firms are investing less money, at earlier stages […]

Friday, July 25, 2014

Smaller Software Companies Enjoy Increased Options Based on Growing Private Equity Interest in Technology

Over the last five years the technology sector has attracted an increasing number of private equity investors. More specifically, platform investments (financial) and follow-on acquisitions (hybrid) have grown 25% and 30% respectively over the last five years, based on our analysis of CAPIQ data. When we parsed the data to identify the most active private […]

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

“$163 million?!!!? Hey, Terminate ME!” (Break-up fees in the middle market)

Hillshire Brands agreed last month to acquire Pinnacle Foods for $4.3 billion in a deal intended to broaden Hillshire’s product offerings beyond Ball Park hot dogs, Jimmy Dean sausages, and other protein products by adding Pinnacle’s roster of iconic grocery brands including Birds Eye, Mrs. Paul’s, Log Cabin, Duncan Hines, Vlasic and more.  The market […]

Friday, April 11, 2014

What Are PLM Companies Buying?

OK, so M&A is hot and companies are spending big sums of money, but what is motivating them.  Why do they buy and what do they buy.  In the end it is about need; need to grow, need to compete, need to service customers.  More than ever before, we are seeing PLM companies buy on […]