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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 […]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Introducing Manufacturing Automation Coverage for Mergers and Acquisitions

Over the past couple of years Mirus has been following the product lifecycle management (PLM)  industry (see our most recent report) and its activity in mergers and acquisitions. Subsequently, due to the outstanding reception of our thoughts surrounding PLM, we have decided to broaden our regular editorial coverage to include all of the manufacturing automation […]

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Risk-Aversion Dwarfed by Demand for Growth

CEO’s are feeling increasing pressure from their shareholders to manufacture increasing levels of growth. To that end, there is a shift away from more conservative stock buy-back programs to riskier mergers and acquisitions, as demonstrated below. More specifically, closed US stock buy-back activity decreased precipitously from a high of $60B in Q2 2013 to $12M […]

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kalypso Acquires Integware; What is Driving Consolidation of System Integrators?

First of all let me congratulate Kalypso Managing Partner Bill Poston and Integware CEO Chris Kay on their recently consummated merger (See Press Release).  Both companies are fine organizations that will do great things together going forward.  This truly is a case of excellent synergies that will make an ideal combination. When Chris approached Mirus […]

Thursday, May 22, 2014

There’s A Skills Gap, But It’s Not What You Think It Is!

Where is the gap? In Adecco’s 2013 State of Economy and Employment Survey, they asked 500 senior executives where they feel the biggest skills “gap” is.  Their results are a little surprising – 44% believe that the biggest gap is in soft skills:  communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.  The second highest gap they identified is […]

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The End of an Institution…Charlie’s is Closing

In our industry, we create tombstones for companies. That’s simply what we do.  When one company is  ‘no longer’ it usually means that it was acquired for the “greater good” of another company…this is not one of those cases. “I am not “a Boston –Guy.”  I worked in  Boston, lived in JP, but, as they […]

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Friday, March 07, 2014

Aviation on display at Heli-Expo

Over 19,000 attendees turned out last week for the 2014 Heli-Expo in Anaheim.  We caught up with several executives who expressed optimism for the industry based on the performance of their businesses.  The overall mood reflected the steady innovation and recovery of the industry since the recent recession.  Exhibitors included MROs, helicopter OEMs, component manufacturers, […]