Category: Industry News
Created: Thursday, 27 September 2018 21:52
Written by Craig Castelli
M&A activity has remained strong in 2018. According to PitchBook, in the first half of the year U.S. private equity investors completed 2,247 deals that totaled a combined 263.9B in value, marking a 2% increase in volume and a 6% decrease in value compared to 1H 2017. The median buyout size is up 31% compared to last year, suggesting that the decrease in overall deal value reflects a lack of mega deals rather than a softening of valuations.
Overall, global M&A deal value rose by 64% compared to the first half of 2017, according to data from Thomson Reuters, although volume declined by roughly 10%. In the U.S., total deal value was up 79% but volume declined by 14%. This is largely due to a big increase in corporate acquisitions valued at $5B or higher, as private equity transactions only represented 8-10% of global M&A.
A few key trends suggest this white hot deal market is sustainable. First, corporations and private equity firms continue to sit on incredible levels of cash - private equity alone had amassed $1.8 trillion of dry powder by early 2018, according to a McKinsey report from earlier this year. Private equity firms also set new fundraising records in 2017, and although fundraising is down considerably thus far in 2018 there is no reason to believe PE firms will do anything but continue to invest at their current pace.
Finally, baby boomers dominate the ranks of business owners. Numerous sources estimate that baby boomers own between 59% and 67% of privately held companies in the United States, suggesting that several million companies will change ownership in the next 10-15 years. Further, a recent survey on business owner demographics reported that 32% of small business owners plan to sell their business in the next two years.
When you pair an abundance of sellers with cash-rich, deal-hungry investors, deals are bound to happen.
Category: Deal Announcements
Created: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 03:12
Written by Craig Castelli
September 25, 2018
For Immediate Release
Caber Hill Advisors announced today that it assisted in the sale of Specialty Sales, Inc. to Eagle Tower Capital. Caber Hill acted as the exclusive sell-side advisor to Specialty Sales.
Specialty Sales is a second-generation family business, founded in 1970 by Stewart Holmes and operated for over two decades by his daughter, Karen O’Donnell. The company is a wholesale distributor providing a complete package of hoses, tubing, couplings, fittings, clamps, valves, and related items to a broad range of industries including water treatment, agriculture, lawn care, greenhouses, beverage, fuel, and car wash.
Craig Castelli, Caber Hill Founder and CEO, led the transaction. “Specialty Sales is the premier distributor of its kind in the Midwest,” said Mr. Castelli. “We are honored that Specialty Sales trusted Caber Hill with the important job of not only closing the transaction, but more importantly doing so with a buyer whose vision aligns so closely with that of the company and the O’Donnell family. We’re very excited for the new owners and are confident that they will carry on the Specialty Sales legacy indefinitely.”