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Makers of bulky heavy goods like beds and refrigerators are the latest merchants to join the rush to online commerce. But if you’ve ever tried to lug a king-size mattress up a flight of stairs after you purchased it online, you’ll know it’s no fun.
That’s why last mile delivery companies provide in-home “white glove” service. This niche has become super-heated, despite concerns about high valuations, the impact of Amazon, and the potential for an economic slowdown.
Of course, this isn’t the only sub-sector doing well these days, as advanced tech continues to disrupt transportation and the threat of tariffs grows.View Event Details
The advice about exits that you hear from experienced dealmakers sounds counter-intuitive at first.
For example, some say if you haven’t thought through your best exit strategy ahead of time, you may not recognize it when you see it.
So put differently, they’ll warn you to plan your exit strategy even before you close your acquisition.
As a result, exits are far from spontaneous events.View Event Details
M&A is stronger than ever in the water, waste, and recycling industries. According to one estimate, there were 75 deals in the first half of this year, up from 43 a year earlier.
Another report calculates that private equity firms -- attracted by the sectors’ fragmented nature and recurring recession-resistant revenue-- had already done more platform deals (nine) by July 2019 than they did all of 2018 (six), according to one report.
This success is happening despite rollbacks in environmental regulation and China’s decision to no longer be the dumping ground for the world’s recycled waste which has left municipalities and waste companies in the U.S. scrambling for alternatives. But experts say these recent developments offer an opportunity to invest in better solutions that depart from an unsustainable throwaway culture.View Event Details
Bain Capital Double Impact Fund’s acquisition of Penn Foster -- and its subsequent add-on of Ashworth College -- is a classic example of a private equity firm capitalizing on multiple hot trends.
But it’s also an investment that keeps in focus the two critical long-term fundamentals in the education industry -- costs and outcomes.
Hot areas of investment in education come and go (remember MOOCs and coding schools?), but these two fundamentals remain constant, or, if anything, they’ve actually increased in importance!View Event Details
When The Estee Lauder Companies acquired Too Faced Cosmetics from PE firm General Atlantic in 2016, it was Lauder’s biggest deal ever.
A major selling point was the indie brand’s connection with millions of millennials who feel passionately about social media, fashion, and pop culture.
Too Faced had over 7.3 million Instagram followers and Estee Lauder’s craving to attract millennial taste-makers convinced it to pay a whopping $1.45 billion– about three times more than what General Atlantic had paid just 18 months earlier.
Successful beauty and personal care brands are increasingly targets for private equity investors. Brands with massive social media and digital marketing followings have ignited a frenzy among investors.View Event Details
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Investing in cannabis companies is a hot hand right now – especially considering that cannabis hasn’t even been legalized in much of the world.
In fact, some investors worry that cannabis investing may already have become TOO hot -- valuations are steep, consolidation is well under way, major corporations are competing for deals —and meanwhile, unknown regulatory risks hover in the background.View Event Details
Attention, business development professionals!! Your newest colleague may be a virtual robot that finds deals using artificial intelligence.
PE firms are facing average multiples for deals running at around 11x EBITDA and mountains of dry powder that are reaching a record high of $2 trillion,
So it’s no surprise that it’s become harder and harder for them to find exclusive deals, let alone pay “reasonable” prices.
As a result, a number of private equity firms – e.g., Pilot Growth Equity Partners, Enter Capital, Insight Partners, and Jolt Capital -- have begun using artificial intelligence and data mining not only to sort through deals but also just to find and evaluate them.View Event Details