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February 2019

Thu Feb 7

Private Equity Investing In Franchise Companies

CHAIRED BY
Scott M. Porter
Managing Director
Brightwood Capital Advisors LLC

From Fast Food to Home Care --
Identifying High-Growth Franchise Deals
Amidst Demographic & Tech Disruption

Private Equity Investing
In Franchise Companies

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March 2019

Thu Mar 7

Private Equity Investing In Cannabis Industry Companies

Last year, the legal cannabis market in North America reached $10 billion and now is predicted to more than double by 2022!

Forward-thinking private equity investors -- often backed by high-net worth individuals and family offices, and sovereign trusts -- have already made their entry into this rapidly evolving market, despite the fact that cannabis currently remains illegal at the U.S. federal level.

Early PE movers in cannabis companies have invested in enterprises that showcase a wide range of opportunities. Meanwhile, mainstream private equity firms are taking a closer look at investment possibilities in cannabis and readying for future moves. Once U.S. federal legalization opens the sector’s doors to institutional investors, it will be a game-changer for the whole industry. Register Now!

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Thu Mar 21

Best Practices for Launching & Managing SBIC Funds

The administration in Washington promised to help small companies, and to go to bat to create new jobs. Working with SBIC funds seems like an obvious great place to start.

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Thu Mar 28

Private Equity Investing in Food & Nutrition Companies

As consumers continue to ditch processed foods for healthier options, middle-market private equity firms are uniquely positioned to help smaller brands grow outside the “Big Food” tent.

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April 2019

Thu Apr 4

Best Practices for Creating Value in PE Portfolio Companies

Pinched between hyper-valuations and competition for deals, PE firms are under the gun to super-size their returns.

As a result, operating partners focus most heavily on finding the right executives for their portfolio companies, as well as on partnering most effectively with their management teams generating better business insights, and driving high impact and results.

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June 2019

Thu Jun 6

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
in Dental-Related Companies

Dental service organizations are for-profit companies that manage the back office operations of dentists’ practices. Called DSOs, they provide nuts-and-bolts management expertise for dentists, and they oversee the profitability of day-to-day non-clinical activities.

As of last year, the DSO market amounted to a whopping $73 billion! Despite that giant size, only 7% of all practicing U.S. dentists were affiliated with DSOs in 2017!

So the opportunity for expansion for middle-market private equity firms who buy and build DSO platforms seems bottomless.

What’s more, the population of dentists is skyrocketing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s projected to grow another 20% before 2026, far faster than the average rate for all occupations in the U.S.

And the growth rate for the DSO industry is expected to be an astonishing 13-to-14% each year through 2024.

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July 2019

Thu Jul 18

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
in Education-Focused Companies

For private equity investors in education-focused companies, these are incredibly busy times --

- An increase in federal spending has ignited investment interest in childcare and preschool companies.

- Digital transformations -- like increased digital delivery of content -- in K-12 schools are helping the ed-tech market soar.

- Excess capacity has come out of the post-secondary landscape, leading to a resurgence of interest from private equity investors.

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August 2019

Thu Aug 1

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Specialty Physician Practices

Regulatory pressures, the shift to value-based care, and the burdens of administrative and reimbursement paperwork have all transformed the healthcare landscape.

Understandably, doctors want to focus on practicing medicine, not on managing piles of paperwork. Private equity firms are happy to oblige. But doctors’ interests are not the only motivating factors.

Other factors leading to consolidation are the fragmentation of the healthcare industry, the demands for regional platforms, and the pressure for high returns.

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September 2019

Tue Sep 10

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Aerospace & Defense Companies

It’s full speed ahead in 2019 for the aerospace and defense industries -- which are both coming off stupendous year-earlier results --

Highest industry-wide revenue ever, at $760 billion, and highest operating profit ever, at $81 billion.

In commercial aircraft, record large deliveries and backlogs.

In defense, increased government spending amidst rising geopolitical tensions causing the top six defense contractors to report a 12% increase in revenue.

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October 2019

Thu Oct 17

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Behavioral Healthcare Companies

Providers of behavioral healthcare services are thriving.

Last year was the field’s biggest year to date. Deal activity soared a breathtaking 60% (year-over-year), achieving a high of 97 announced or closed transactions. And the pipeline for future investors looks even better, for five reasons...

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