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Debt Market Quarterly Update, Second Quarter 2021

Activity in the credit markets surged in Q1, with volumes nearing records for refinancings, acquisition financing, and institutional loans. What does the debt market look like heading into Q2? Download our Q2 Debt Market Update to get an overview of the private credit market plus find lender trends, insights from institutional debt lenders, lender pricing, […]

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Midwest M&A Update, Second Quarter 2021

M&A activity is beginning to ramp up in 2021, as vaccine distribution picks up and companies gain more clarity around tax policy plans. Download Bridgepoint’s Q2 2021 Midwest M&A report to find Midwest M&A trends, transaction activity and deal volumes, plus economic outlook by state for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South […]

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Trucking & Logistics M&A Quarterly Update, Second Quarter 2021

The trucking and logistics looks to rebound in 2021 after a roller coaster in 2020. While the sector continues to face challenges due to regulations, technology, and the ever-growing shortage of drivers, M&A activity is growing in the trucking, transportation, and logistics industry. Download Bridgepoint’s Q2 2021 Trucking & Logistics M&A Update to gain insights […]

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Consumer M&A Quarterly Update, Second Quarter 2021

As the beauty and food industries have continued to adapt to changing consumer demands throughout the pandemic, M&A activity is on the rise. Find out which trends are influencing buyers and consumers and which factors are impacting deal activity in these industries. Download our Q2 Consumer M&A Update to find trends, market outlook, recent transactions […]

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Business Process Outsourcing M&A Quarterly Update, Second Quarter 2021

Demand for BPO services is expected to continue to grow over the next decade and beyond, creating opportunities for growth and consolidation in the industry. M&A activity in this industry is expected to grow in 2021 as the industry’s fragmentation continues to pique the interest of both financial and strategic acquirors. Download our Q2 Business […]

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How the 2021 Climate Impacts the Decision to Sell Your Company

As the coronavirus pandemic is finally coming to an end, many company owners are reflecting on how the pandemic impacted their business — and more importantly, what’s next. At Bridgepoint, we understand that the decision to sell your company is influenced by a wide variety of factors, ranging from personal circumstances to financial performance to […]

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Technology M&A Quarterly Update, First Quarter 2021

The adoption of technology solutions by companies and consumers accelerated due to the pandemic. COVID-19 was a catalyst for technology trends we didn’t expect to become mainstream for years, and the shift to remote work and the need to compete in a hyperconnected world is influencing how companies approach software and technology. This focus on […]

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Industrial Services M&A Quarterly Update, First Quarter 2021

As the pandemic recedes, the Industrial Services industry is rebounding. Our Q1 2021 Industrial Services report highlights the market outlook, recent transactions, trends, and factors impacting M&A activity in the Construction & Engineering Services and Testing & Inspection Services industries. Download the complimentary report now.

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Plastics Industry M&A Update, First Quarter 2021

The plastics industry remained resilient through COVID-19 thanks to shifts in consumer behavior, and industry M&A activity was up year-over-year with strong valuations. Download our Q1 2021 Plastics Industry M&A Update to find industry trends, recent transactions, insights from key industry players, and the opportunities and challenges in the industry this year.

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IT Services M&A Quarterly Update, First Quarter 2021

The IT Services industry flourished in 2020 as COVID-19 and remote work increased reliance on IT services. Though normalcy is beginning to return with vaccine rollout, we expect the IT services industry to continue thriving as companies invest further into digital infrastructure and modernizing their business systems. Download our Q1 2021 IT Services M&A Update […]

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Staffing M&A Quarterly Update, First Quarter 2021

Q4 M&A activity in the staffing sector increased over Q3 and Bridgepoint expects activity to increase further in 2021 as vaccine distribution picks up and cities reopen and stabilize. Download our Q1 2021 Staffing M&A Update to see which areas of the staffing sector grew despite the pandemic, plus find M&A trends, recent transactions, staffing […]

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Trucking & Logistics M&A Quarterly Update, First Quarter 2021

Despite challenges caused by the pandemic, the trucking and logistics sector continues to grow and remains an essential industry. Bridgepoint expects 2021 to be a strong year for M&A activity in the industry. Download our Q1 2021 Trucking and Logistics M&A Report to gain valuable insight into the market outlook, M&A transaction activity, public comparables, […]

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Consumer M&A Quarterly Update, Fourth Quarter 2020

The consumer and retail sector showed overall resilience to the pandemic, in some cases thriving due to trends influenced by stay-at-home orders. Bridgepoint expects M&A volumes to increase steadily in 2021 in consumer and retail industries including Beauty & Cosmetics, Food & Beverage and Pet Products & Retail. Download our Q4 Consumer M&A Report to […]

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Mountain West M&A Quarterly Update, Fourth Quarter 2020

Bridgepoint expects M&A activity in the Mountain West region to be robust in 2021 with vaccine distribution and economic recovery. Download our Mountain West M&A Quarterly Update for M&A trends and transaction activity for the region with a focus on recent transactions in Colorado and Utah. See the economic outlook by state for Colorado, Idaho, […]

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Debt Market Update, First Quarter 2021

Credit markets are starting 2021 better than expected; despite the impact of COVID on select companies, the markets rebounded in Q4 and began 2021 with optimism. Download our Q1 Debt Market Update to get an overview of the private credit market plus find lender trends, insights from institutional debt lenders, middle market debt volume, recent […]

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Healthcare M&A Quarterly Update, Fourth Quarter 2020

The healthcare sector held strong throughout 2020, showing more resilience than many other industries. Bridgepoint expects 2021 M&A volumes in the healthcare sector to be robust with vaccine distribution and the desire for companies to roll up into regional and national brands. Download the report to see M&A activity, recent transactions, and market outlook for […]

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Midwest M&A Quarterly Update, Fourth Quarter 2020

M&A activity in the Midwest has picked up steam in recent months; Bridgepoint expects 2021 M&A volumes to be robust with vaccine distribution and clarity on economic and tax plans. Download the report for Midwest M&A trends, transaction activity and deal volumes. See the economic outlook by state for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, […]

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Business Process Outsourcing M&A Quarterly Update, First Quarter 2021

The BPO market appears to be on the upswing due to increasing competition among companies in India, Malaysia and Southeast Asia to meet the growing U.S. demand for outsourced services. Industry M&A took a downturn in 2020 but cautious optimism surrounds financial sponsor and strategic buyer interest going into the new year. Download the report […]

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Staffing M&A Quarterly Update, Third Quarter 2020

M&A activity for the staffing sector regained traction in Q3 2020, a trend that looks to continue into 2021. Get a quick overview of the staffing market outlook, transaction activity, industry performance and more. Check out the five-year rolling TEV and NTM EBITDA by sector index. Download it now!

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Debt Market Update, Fourth Quarter 2020

Is there a “new normal” forming in the credit market? Get the Q4 Debt Market Update and find out. It contains insider input on the private credit market, an overview of middle market transactions, a lender trend map, reasons to pursue debt capital solutions, solid advice on maximizing liquidity, key leveraged finance considerations and more.

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Midwest M&A Quarterly Update, Third Quarter 2020

“M&A activity has come back with a fury since June/July. Many are racing to the finish line to complete deals before year-end. Valuation and deal structure are directly correlated to company performance through COVID-19,” said Matt Plooster. Get the Q3 Midwest M&A Quarterly Update from Bridgepoint. It’s the news you need now to make important decisions in the future.

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Mixed Animal Health Report, October 2020

How has COVID-19 impacted the mixed animal health business sector? Get the report and see if animal health businesses remain attractive to investors and learn about transactions in the veterinary services industry and the animal health product industry. Also check out trends and statistics for companion animals and production animals.

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Trucking & Logistics Report, Third Quarter 2020

Read about the recent trucking transactions, spot rates, valuation levels, cost controls and quarterly performance of this cyclical industry. See what transportation sector leaders from Werner Enterprises, TFI International, USA Truck Inc., JB Hunt Transport Inc. and Crete Carrier Corp. have to say about the COVID-19 impact on trucking and logistics.

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Plastic Injection Molding Report, Second Quarter 2020

Just in! The Plastic Injection Molding Report Second Quarter 2020, is filled with key manufacturing business considerations, emerging trends, big-picture analysis and transaction news that you’ll use to inform decisions going forward. And you can get it here.

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DEBT MARKET UPDATE, SECOND QUARTER 2020

Bridgepoint’s Debt Capital Markets group highlights recent trends in the credit markets in the new Q2 Debt Market Update. Find out what this means for you and your company’s liquidity and financing options.

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TRUCKING & LOGISTICS REPORT, SECOND QUARTER 2020

Reducing costs and augmenting liquidity and capital partnerships will allow many trucking companies to exit the recession and enter recovery well positioned vs. the competition. Learn about this and key trends, forecasts and valuations in the Trucking & Logistics Report for Q2 2020.

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IT Services M&A Quarterly Update, Second Quarter 2020

“The current environment has proven the resilience of the IT Services sector. We expect both strategics and financial sponsors to remain very active in acquiring companies in 2020,” said Chad Gardiner, Bridgepoint Director. For more insights about this crucial sector of the economy, read Bridgepoint’s IT Services M&A Quarterly Update.

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PRIVATE MARKET UPDATE – HEARD ON THE STREET (MAY 5)

It’s the news you need to know. Get a real-time update of what Bridgepoint managing directors are hearing from their close private market relationships. Read what Wall Street insiders have to say about deal opportunities, recovery efforts, the Q2 outlook and more in this brand-new report.

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MAIN STREET LENDING PROGRAM UPDATE – MAY 5

Heard of the Main Street Lending Program but unclear how it could positively or negatively impact your company? While the full reach of the government programs are still in question, they may – in the long-term – be more restrictive for a company looking to strategically gain market share by investing in the business or […]

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MAIN STREET LENDING PROGRAM UPDATE – APR 27

Unclear on how the Main Street Lending Program might affect your business? You’re not alone. The Fed is reviewing more than 2,000 letters on potential issues with the preliminary guidance, including lowering the minimum loan size and limiting the restrictions on use of funds. Stay up to date on the MSLP with this Bridgepoint Insights […]

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PRIVATE MARKET UPDATE – HEARD ON THE STREET (APR 23)

“Things have started to stabilize and most funders are open for business looking to put capital to work,” said Matt Plooster, Bridgepoint Managing Director. Read about this and learn what’s happening RIGHT NOW in today’s Private Market Update, featuring insights from market experts.

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Staffing M&A Quarterly Update, First Quarter 2020

Mergers and acquisitions deal activity and access to capital for healthcare staffing are projected to remain dynamic throughout 2020. Get the Staffing M&A Update for First Quarter 2020 to learn about this and other industry trends in the time of COVID-19.

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MAIN STREET LENDING PROGRAM UPDATE – APR 15

Despite the CARES Act relief funding, does your company’s 13-week cash flow model show signs of tightening? Wondering about capital availability? If so, get the COVID-19 Relief Update and learn about the CARES Act Main Street Lending Program. The government relief programs are finite – call us at 402-817-7900 to discuss capital options that work […]

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BRIDGE FINANCING TO THE RESCUE

Need a business solution for immediate cash flow? Get the report, Bridge Financing to the Rescue, from Bridgepoint Insights and learn about this rapid-relief option for securing working capital in times of financial stress.

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BRIDGEPOINT INVESTMENT BANKING ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF DIRECTOR CHAD GARDINER TO ITS GROWING IMPACT INVESTMENT BANK

Omaha, NE — Bridgepoint Investment Banking, a leading boutique investment banking firm, has expanded its sector and geographic coverage with the addition of Chad Gardiner as Director of Investment Banking. The addition of Gardiner will support Bridgepoint’s continued growth as a leading full-service impact investment bank providing unique capital raising and M&A solutions and access […]

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PRIVATE MARKET UPDATE – HEARD ON THE STREET (MAR 25)

“We’re seeing leading, proactive companies and boards accelerate their capital plans. Three weeks ago capital was a commodity, today it’s a competitive advantage,” said Matt Plooster, Bridgepoint co-founder. Read about it in today’s Private Market Update – Heard on the Street.

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ASSET-BASED LENDING

“It’s a knick-knack, Patty Whack, give the frog a loan.” The joke illustrates a concept that even kids get: if you want to borrow money, you need to give something of value to the lender in return.

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ASSEMBLING YOUR DEAL DREAM TEAM

Selling a company or raising institutional capital is definitely a team sport. Your deal dream team won’t come together overnight, so before you plan to transact, you’ll need to hire or develop your internal leadership team and build relationships with external partners.

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STRATEGIC VS. FINANCIAL BUYERS

Bridgepoint Investment Banking recommends business owners to explore the potential deals with both types of buyers, you should understand the differences in their focus and deal process.

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DEAL SYNERGIES

The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) universe likes to toss about the phrase “deal synergies” as an indicator of how advisable or valuable a deal might be. However, not all business owners are in favor of this service.

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PHYSICIAN PRACTICES INDUSTRY UPDATE 2019 MARCH

Public physician practices, surgery centers and hospitals are currently trading at a median multiple of 9.8x (TEV / LTM EBITDA), down from the most recent cycle peak of 11.0x reached in June 2015. Industry valuations follow the S&P 500 index relatively closely. However, public market data is limited as most providers are private.

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WHAT IS MEZZANINE FINANCING

Mezzanine financing bridges the gap by providing capital in exchange for a higher interest rate, lower annual debt service and sometimes the option to convert the debt into equity shares of the company defaults on the loan.

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‘THINGS TO CONSIDER FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AFTER A MERGER OR ACQUISITION’ – A MIDLANDS BUSINESS JOURNAL ARTICLE

Mergers and acquisitions, two very similar but very different business transitions. Mike Anderson, Managing Director at Bridgepoint Investment Bank broke down the difference in the most recent issue of the Midlands Business Journal. Anderson was asked to break down these two ideas and how companies should approach a sale, by Lee Nelson, staff writer of the Midlands Business Journal.

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WHY YOUR TRANSACTION ADVISOR SHOULD BE LICENSED

Transactions are complicated. As such, company owners engaged in M&A or capital raising transactions typically employ a full deal team of investment bankers, attorneys and CPAs to successfully execute the transaction. There are numerous financial intermediaries who act as “investment bankers” on M&A transactions (and even capital raises) without registering as a broker-dealer. As you […]

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UNDERSTANDING CAPITAL MARKET FIRMS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRANSACTION

Many capital market firms work with companies on transactions – but figuring out the differences of each firm and their roles and services can be tricky. Major firm categories include Investment Banking, Private Equity and Venture Capital. These terms are often mistakenly used interchangeably, and understanding their differences is crucial for company owners looking to make a transaction. Use this list as a guide to finding the right type of firm for your company.

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THE BANK SAID NO MORE MONEY

For many business owners, the majority of original loans and funding will traditionally come from a bank (usually after initial funding from friends and family). As the years go on, the working capital line continues to grow with the business. But in some cases, due to a lack of hard assets or limitations at the bank due to their size, the banker needs to put a cap on the borrowing limits. So now what?

Great news: you have options. Check out the list below to learn more about different actions you can take to ensure you (and your company) receive the necessary guidance and assistance during this crucial point in time.

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5 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE SELLING YOUR COMPANY

Selling a company is no easy feat. Just like running a business, the selling process can be full of ups, downs and everything in between. However, working with company owners in the sales process for over 25 years has revealed to us several key themes that owners should consider before starting the selling process. Before you take that next step, keep these five considerations in mind:

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THE SECRET TO GETTING YOUR FINANCING OR M&A DEAL DONE

Anyone that’s been through the process of securing capital, making an acquisition or transferring ownership knows how complex, time consuming and frustrating transactions can be. There are many things that can get in the way of a deal closing, like negotiating issues, due diligence surprises, unrealistic valuation expectations, and cultural differences, among others.

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GETTING INVOLVED IN THE BUSINESS TRANSITION PROCESS

How many times have you been caught off guard when one of the bank’s largest clients calls to give you a heads up that they are selling their business, and your mind probably goes right to the thought, “How am I going to replace this loan volume?”. Followed closely by the thought, “Wow – why didn’t the client ask for my advice or involvement in the process?”

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MIDWEST BANKING INDUSTRY UPDATE JULY 2017

Midwest banks have traditionally traded at discounted valuations relative to the broader S&P Financials Sectors Index, but the confluence of the Wells Fargo scandal negatively impacting large banks and the Trump election signaling regulatory relief (more positively buoying smaller banks) have had the effect of eliminating that discount.

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