CMM's 2017 Mid-Year Review
We are happy to highlight some of our notable achievements during the first six months of 2017 and share with you a few updates at Carter Morse & Mathias. We continue to see strong activity and valuations in the middle market, driven by dynamic private equity markets, readily available credit markets, ample cash from strategic buyers and a surging public stock market. It continues to be a 'sellers' market' with robust valuations and more flexible terms. Although we don't see any immediate material risks to this frothy market, we are confident that it cannot last much longer. If you are contemplating a transaction in the next few years, we encourage you to consider it sooner rather than later.
The Buyer’s Advantage - How Business Owners Can Level the Playing Field
You’ve built a great company. Your determination and perseverance have earned you happy customers, loyal employees, and even the support of your bank. The top line continues to grow nicely and the bottom line is well into the black. From product development to customer service, you and your team have demonstrated impressive business skills. But when it’s time for that once-in-a-lifetime event, the sale of your business, you will face an experienced private equity firm or strategic corporate buyer for whom this is just another transaction. The playing field is not level.
CMM Advises SavATree on Strategic Investment
Carter Morse & Mathias ("CMM") is pleased to announce that it served as the exclusive financial advisor to SavATree in its sale of a majority interest to an affiliate of the New York-based private equity firm CI Capital Partners. SavATree is a leading provider of tree, shrub and lawn care services headquartered in Bedford Hills, New York. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
CMM Wins M&A Advisor International Deal of the Year 2017
CMM Wins Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year ($50 million to $100 million) at the 9th Annual International M&A Awards for representing Communication Networks, LLC ("ComNet") which was acquired by Access Control Related Enterprises, LLC ("ACRE"), a portfolio company of the private equity firm LLR Partners. ComNet offers a broad line of fiber optic, copper and wireless video and data transmission equipment that is designed to meet the needs of security and surveillance in the intelligent transportation systems, utility and industrial markets.
etouches acquired by HGGC
Carter Morse & Mathias ("CMM") is pleased to announce that etouches, Inc. ("etouches"), headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, was acquired by the private equity firm HGGC, headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Carter Morse & Mathias, based in Southport, CT served as etouches's financial advisor for the transaction, which closed on May 9, 2017.
CMM Announces New Advisory Service for Business Owners
Carter Morse & Mathias (CMM) is pleased to announce its new Maximizing Shareholder Value advisory service, offering business owners actionable recommendations and ongoing guidance to increase the value of their business. "For 30 years, CMM has played an important role by helping hundreds of business owners maximize value, but only at the time of a sale. Now, we are delivering this same expertise to companies that are not yet for sale", says Andrew Bangser, Managing Director of CMM. "A plan to build value is best started years ahead of a transaction - when there is still time to effect change."