Bearish Conditions Could Set Up Private Equity to Save the Day.

Sitting on record amounts of cash, PE eyes opportunities to grab distressed investments. As the market becomes increasingly bearish and cities across the United States brace for the impact of a potential quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, business owners are left with many distressing questions. How long will this last? How badly will the cash flow be impacted? Will we be able to pay our bills? Will we survive? There is no doubt some [...]

Will Record Funding Be A Tipping Point for AI?

Artificial Intelligence is steadily growing to be ubiquitous in modern life. From the way our food is grown to facial recognition technology to deep learning that turns big data into actionable insights, new AI technologies are constantly on the rise. And so are the companies that are creating them.   Q2 of 2019 has been a landmark quarter in terms of investments in AI. Funding for AI startups reached a stunning $7.4 billion in Q2, [...]

5 Ways IoT Technology Will Make Companies More Profitable in the Next 5 Years

It is estimated that there will be an astonishing 75 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) by the year 2025. While some of these might seem like luxuries to us now (Amazon Alexa or Nest thermostats for example), many more have very real and very practical implications. In the business world, new IoT technologies are growing like wildfire. Here are five areas where we feel these devices will be making a very [...]

Landlords of the Last Mile

E-Commerce Logistics Demands Lead to Real Estate Boom. Blackstone Group, the world’s largest private equity firm, just completed the single largest private real estate deal in history. So, what did they buy? Lush oceanside property primed for development? Perhaps a commercial district in the heart of the Big Apple, ripe for revitalization? Or maybe a cherry spot in one of the world’s hottest travel destinations? Actually, it’s none of the above. Blackstone just invested $18.7 [...]

Payment Technologies Seeing A Flurry of M&A Activity

Payment services like PayPal, Square and Venmo have revolutionized the way we pay for goods and services, allowing retailers to conduct business seamlessly both online and in-person. The payment industry overall has taken a definitive turn away from cash in recent years, with retailers moving to solutions that support an omnichannel model, and investors have responded accordingly. Venture capitalists have jumped head-long into the $1.9 trillion dollar payments and processing industry, and have been rewarded [...]

Recession on the Way? Invest in Intelligence.

While the US economy has enjoyed excellent growth in recent years, as the old saying goes, “What goes up, must come down.” While we don’t exactly love talking about it, sooner or later, another recession is inevitable. How long, how bad and how painful that recession will be is anyone’s guess, but experts predict the timing will be soon. In a February 2019 survey of 281 members of the National Association of Business Economics, 77% [...]

A Toast to Teamwork.

Craft Brewers Boston Beer Company and Dogfish Head Announce Merger. This past week, two of America’s largest independent craft brewers, Dogfish Head Brewery and Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), announced they were brewing up a sizeable merger valued at nearly $300 million. In the deal, Dogfish Head shareholders will receive $173 million in cash and Dogfish co-founders Sam and Mariah Calagione will be receiving 406,000 shares of Boston Beer stock (NYSE: SAM), valued at nearly [...]

Severe weather brings big questions about the future of risk management.

As Midwesterners were digging their way out of a mid-April blizzard for the second year in a row just a couple of weeks ago, surely only a small handful were thinking, “How is this snow impacting my portfolio?” But whether it’s top of mind or not, most of us are well aware that weather patterns have a significant impact on sales and supply chain logistics. And no matter how you feel about man’s impact on [...]

No Small Potatoes: Kraft Heinz Prepares for Potential Sale of Ore-Ida

Kraft Heinz is considering a major shakeup in the frozen foods category in efforts to improve their financial outlook. After an absolutely disastrous 4th quarter earnings report that included a $15.4 billion dollar asset write-down, a dividend cut and the disclosure of an SEC investigation, the company has made leadership changes at the highest level and put some of its major brands on the chopping block. Last week, the company announced they hired Evercore Partners [...]

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