Category: Blog

What is the CFO role in the M&A process?
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What is the CFO role in the M&A process?

By Brad Buttermore Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer The merger & acquisition process necessitates involvement of many professionals, especially the CFO, who, at the heart of the organization, manages cash flow, capital allocations, planning and budgeting, and many times, oversees growth and strategic planning at a high level. With all the responsibilities assigned to...

PEO survey: Revenue and profits on the rise in Q3
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PEO survey: Revenue and profits on the rise in Q3

By Brad Buttermore Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer Revenue and gross profits rose year over year during the third quarter of 2019 for Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) operating in the United States, with 25% of those surveyed reporting that revenue was up significantly, and 15% noting a significant increase in gross profits. We see...

PEOs enjoying double-digit revenue growth
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PEOs enjoying double-digit revenue growth

By Brad Buttermore Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer Professional Employer Organization (PEO) annual revenue grew by double-digits in 2018, according to an industry survey from the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO). The revenue growth rate for all participating PEOs was 10 percent, with the largest firms (PEOs with more than 5,000 worksite...

M&A cools as Wall Street tames the wildcat out of the oil patch
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M&A cools as Wall Street tames the wildcat out of the oil patch

By Todd Garner Managing Director M&A activity in the oil patch appears to be on hiatus as Wall Street skepticism rises over whether there’s actual money to be made in the country’s current shale development environment. Dropping natural gas prices and the rising cost of oil production and exploration would seem to indicate a market...

CAC’s new acquisition & divestiture practice offers oil & gas developers and investors confidentiality and an alternative to auctions
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CAC’s new acquisition & divestiture practice offers oil & gas developers and investors confidentiality and an alternative to auctions

By Bryan Livingston Managing Partner and CEO Investors and owners/developers in the conventional oil & gas assets and infrastructure middle market now have an advisor with a truly global reach and an alternative to the auction process for acquisitions and divestitures (A&D). Capital Alliance Corp. (CAC) recently added A&D to its suite of transaction services...

Occidental’s acquisition of Anadarko could lead Permian Basin operators to reduce assets to prep for coming M&A opportunities
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Occidental’s acquisition of Anadarko could lead Permian Basin operators to reduce assets to prep for coming M&A opportunities

By Todd Garner Oil and Gas Asset Practice Leader Managing Director Occidental Petroleum’s recent announcement that it will buy Anadarko could signal a new wave of merger and acquisition activity in the oil patch, with the Permian Basin a main target. The deal, after all, is the largest acquisition in the oil & gas industry...

Dallas Fed: Oil & gas activity rises on higher prices
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Dallas Fed: Oil & gas activity rises on higher prices

By Bryan Livingston Managing Partner and CEO Energy sector activity grew modestly in the first quarter 2019, with oilfield services driving much of the increase, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Energy Survey. The business activity index—the survey’s broadest measure of conditions among 11th Federal Reserve District energy firms—was 10.8 in the first...

Amazing seller’s market for staffing industry firms won’t last forever
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Amazing seller’s market for staffing industry firms won’t last forever

By Neal England Practice Leader Domestic staffing buyers, private equity firms and cross-border strategic acquirers were out in force at this year’s Staffing Industry Analysts’ Executive Forum North America, as all seek to put capital to work amid a tightening time window. The event drew strong attendance and general optimism about the overall state of...

USMCA adds certainty to cross-border energy deals in the U.S., Mexico and Canada
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USMCA adds certainty to cross-border energy deals in the U.S., Mexico and Canada

By Bryan Livingston Managing Partner and CEO The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), should stimulate trade between Mexico, the United States and Canada and increase cross-border energy investment and M&A activity. The new trade agreement, signed by all three countries in November, improves and enhances what was...

Canada looks set to give anti-oil & gas politicians the boot and expand energy infrastructure
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Canada looks set to give anti-oil & gas politicians the boot and expand energy infrastructure

By Bryan Livingston Managing Partner and CEO 2019 is an important election year in Canada. Improving prospects for the country’s conservative parties are boosting oil patch optimism for much-needed oil & gas export pipeline construction. Predicting election outcomes has its risks, but current sentiment indicates that United Conservative Party candidate Jason Kenney will win the...