CEO Advisor Newsletter April 2017
M&A Activity Slows in Orange County
Reasons for the lower M&A activity include: - The Federal Reserve increasing interest rates that made debt deals more expensive- Asset prices trending too high during the eighth year of the current economic recovery- Deal makers seemed to wait to see the outcome of the Presidential election and how that would impact the business environment and valuations. The key contributing factors that enable M&A deals to occur include:
A) An abundance of capitalB) Receptive markets to higher valuationsC) Sustained low interest rate environmentD) Expanding, favorable stock markets
Different from 2014 and 2015 when all business sectors seemed to rise in uniform, in 2016 a change occurred and capital became more discerning. In Orange County in 2016, 80 technology companies were acquired, 56 industrial / manufacturing company deals were completed, 55 consumer product companies and 44 healthcare companies were acquired.
Deals that are the most attractive and pull in the capital at the highest valuations are companies with high growth rates and large markets. There were 278 acquisitions completed for privately-held companies in 2016 versus 323 deals completed in 2015. Acquisitions of public companies in 2016 were flat at thirteen deals.
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Mark Hartsell Judges Tech Coast Angels 2017 Fast Pitch Competition
The event was a black tie optional affair attended by Tech Coast Angel investor members from Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties, as well as, other investors, entrepreneurs and the press.
The judging was focused on two primary criteria: 1) Presentations by the CEOs of the finalist companies, and 2) Fundability, which was determined from a one minute pitch and four minutes of questions from the judges panel. Fast pitch competitions have been a focal point of Tech Coast Angels for twenty years.
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