Industry Reports

Q2 2019
In 2018, 331 transactions were announced or completed in the Marketing Services industry. Through Q1 2019, deal volume was robust with 92 transactions, compared to 64 in Q1 2018.
Q2 2019
In the age of industrial automation, robotics, and big data analytics, communication between machines and the associated transmission of data have become an integral component of the manufacturing process and have driven demand for advanced interconnect components.
Q1 2019
Building on strong momentum from a robust market during 2018, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the Value-Added Distribution industry has shown no signs of slowing down during early 2019.
Q1 2019
As technology continues to drive rapid transformation throughout a wide spectrum of industries, operators are embracing new ways to work and businesses are looking for ways to adapt their approach to talent. The evolution of the employment environment requires the Human Resources & Staffing industry to adapt as there is an increased need to deliver optimal solutions to corporate clients and individuals seeking employment.
Q1 2019
Secular tailwinds, including increased industrial automation, the application of smart building technology, the proliferation of video consumption, and sophisticated bandwidth capabilities, have propelled the Interconnect Components industry to a period of rapid growth. As the transmission and securing of data across these end-markets has become more complex, key fiber and copper cabling and connectivity solutions are required to successfully facilitate the movement of data.
Q4 2018
The Payment Processing industry has been supported by robust macroeconomic tailwinds and the rise in demand for value-added, real-time payment solutions. The global Digital Payment market is expected to grow to $86.8 billion by 2023, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 18.0%, according to Research and Markets. Emphasis on consumer preferences has fueled consolidation as larger industry operators target companies that provide instant payment solutions.
Q4 2018
The global Security market is anticipated to reach $167.1 billion by 2025, representing a compound annual growth rate of 10.2%, according to Grand View Research. Profound industry growth has primarily been driven by the need to integrate and enhance security capabilities in the wake of global terrorism and public safety concerns. Increased industry competition as a result of heightened demand and new technological capabilities have supported premium valuations as private equity-backed companies continue to consolidate.
Q3 2018
Significant merger and acquisition activity in the Value-Added Distribution Industry has continued through year-to-date (YTD) 2018 on the heels of prolonged industrial and manufacturing expansion, shifting consumer preferences, and the ongoing proliferation of technology-based operating solutions. With 80 announced or closed transactions, YTD 2018 activity is on pace with that of 2017. Private equity continues to maintain a significant share of deal activity and has accounted for 37.5% of YTD transactions in the space.
Q3 2018
The record-breaking US bull market, characterized by historic levels of disposable income, rising consumer sentiment, and a 5.2% year-over-year increase in consumer expenditure, has driven an upswing in the Payment Processing industry. Expanding consumption coupled with the shift toward real-time, omnichannel payment processing systems has allowed niche companies to emerge and capture market share.
Q3 2018
This year, companies are fighting for top talent in the US as the number of job openings eclipsed the number of job seekers for the first time on record.  The tight labor market has emboldened workers to quite their job, with or without another opportunity lined up, with little fear of long-term unemployment.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of workers leaving their jobs reached 3.6 million in July, surpassing prerecession levels.

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