Firm Overview

Bridgepoint Merchant Banking is a lower and middle market investment banking firm that serves clients over their corporate lifecycles by providing merger and acquisition and corporate finance advisory services.

Bridgepoint Principals have over 94 years of combined investment banking experience spanning more than 118 completed transactions exceeding $110 billion in total transaction value. Bridgepoint provides investment banking services with the high quality analysis and presentation of our large national investment banking competitors, coupled with highly personalized service, accountability and Midwestern values.

Recent Stories

Bridgepoint Midwest M&A Index, 2Q 2016

Midwest M&A: Limited Supply of Good Deals, Valuations Still High

August 31, 2016 – The Bridgepoint Midwest M&A Index, a measure of corporate merger and acquisition activity in the U.S. Midwest region, decreased by 14.5% in Q2-16 after having decreased 7.8% in Q1-16. Despite the decline in deal volume, valuations remain strong.

While 2015 was a record year for M&A, 2016 is on pace to be one of the worst years in terms of Midwest transaction volume since 2008. Q1-16 deal dynamics are still in place in Q2-16 – inflated valuations, declining transaction volume. Some surmise that this overall decline in activity be due to the high valuations – creating a valuation gap between sellers and prudent buyers. Others say that this is the result of the current market volatility and uncertainty.

The slow moving deal market could accelerate in the second half of the year. Although both strategic and financial buyers are actively searching for more deals, the supply of healthy companies remains low.

“We – and the buyers and capital providers we work with – have seen a major slowdown in volume to date in 2016. There’s lots of capital chasing a few quality deals ” said Bridgepoint Managing Principal Adam Claypool.

To read the full report with additional commentary and Midwest M&A market data, please visit www.bridgepointmb.com/bridgepoint-insights

About Bridgepoint Merchant Banking

Bridgepoint Merchant Banking is a lower and middle market investment banking firm headquartered in Nebraska and Iowa that serves business owners and companies over their corporate lifecycles by providing merger and acquisition and corporate finance advisory services.

Bridgepoint Merchant Banking is a division of Bridgepoint Holdings, LLC. In order to offer securities-related Investment Banking Services discussed herein, to include M&A and institutional capital raising, the Principals of Bridgepoint are registered representatives of M&A Securities Group, Inc., an unaffiliated broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC.

Bridgepoint Midwest M&A Index, 1Q 2016

Midwest M&A: The Slow-down Is Real, but Valuations Remain High

Seller’s market persists amid weakening transaction volume

May 17, 2016 – The Bridgepoint Midwest M&A Index, a measure of corporate merger and acquisition activity in the U.S. Midwest region, decreased another 7.8% in the first quarter of 2016. On a year-over-year basis, the index decreased 18.7% from Q1-15. The Midwest index is reflective of the broader M&A environment – U.S. middle market M&A volume tumbled in Q1-16 to levels last seen in the wake of the collapse of Lehman Bros.

Following a very strong deal environment in 2015, buyers are now experiencing a supply shortage of quality companies, which coupled with elevated company valuations and tightening credit is yielding a challenging environment for the buy-side (private equity firms and strategic buyers alike). Despite the drop in volume, the demand to acquire healthy companies as well as valuations remain elevated across many sectors. Buyers are hungry for more.

As noted by Dan Needham of Wynnchurch Capital, a Chicago-headquartered private equity firm, “the buy-side remains a bit challenging of late with lots of capital in the market helping to push valuations ever higher…it’s a good time to be a seller.”

In terms of sheer volume and size of deals, 2016 is likely not going to be as robust as 2015; however, the current environment represents an attractive window for sellers to monetize at attractive valuations while buyers are seeing less volume of quality companies. Corporate cash is at record levels, private equity funding is steady and debt financing remains historically cheap (albeit tightening).

“While buyers continue to see elevated valuations and lack of quality companies available for purchase, the window remains open and attractive for healthy companies who are near-term sellers,” said Bridgepoint Managing Principal Matt Plooster.

To read the full report with additional commentary and Midwest M&A market data, please visit www.bridgepointmb.com/bridgepoint-insights

About Bridgepoint Merchant Banking

Bridgepoint Merchant Banking is a lower and middle market investment banking firm headquartered in Nebraska and Iowa that serves business owners and companies over their corporate lifecycles by providing merger and acquisition and corporate finance advisory services.

Bridgepoint Merchant Banking is a division of Bridgepoint Holdings, LLC. In order to offer securities-related Investment Banking Services discussed herein, to include M&A and institutional capital raising, the Principals of Bridgepoint are registered representatives of M&A Securities Group, Inc., an unaffiliated broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC.

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