retail sales since 2012

The devil is in the retail

U.S. retail sales for July increased by 0.6% This week, it was widely reported that the U.S. Department of Commerce announced U.S. retail sales for July increased by 0.6% – the largest gain since December 2016 – and the June … Read More


26% decline in Media deals

Media deals have continued a downward trajectory when comparing the last twelve months (July 2016 – June 2017) with its two preceding periods (July 2015 – June 2016 and July 2014 – June 2015). Reviewing the Media numbers: LTM June … Read More

Your community of deal sources

In the second quarter of 2017, there were almost 30 new sell-side advisors that closed a deal for the first time; eleven percent of those firms were Texas based. There were nearly 200 unique professionals that advised on a deal … Read More

The view from the Mezzanine

For the twelve-month period ending in March 2017, overall sponsored transactions have increased by nearly 12 percent YOY; yet, for the same period, mezzanine transactions have declined by 10 percent. Although, in the first quarter of 2017, mezzanine debt investments … Read More

“Go West, young man!”

Of the 23-new sell-side intermediaries that closed a deal for the first time in Q2, approximately 20% of those deals closed in the Food sector, followed by 15% in both the Consumer and IT sectors (the pie chart details all … Read More

Pacific West leads in the first half of 2017

We’ve closed the books on the first-half of 2017. Well…what happened? More than 3,500 transactions traded since the first of the year. January was the busiest month, with nearly 20% of deals closing in it (albeit many of those transactions … Read More

M&A Transaction Trivia!

How versed are you in M&A transactions? In lieu of the holiday commemorating our nation’s 241st birthday, let’s celebrate with M&A Trivia! What could be more American than competing with your friends in the pursuit of trivial knowledge? What’s the largest M&A … Read More

Keeping LPs happy & informed

As an investor or private equity fund, it can be challenging to quantify, as well as qualify the impact of your deal sourcing progression. This is especially true (and perhaps even more tedious) when reporting to Limited Partners (LP). If … Read More

Is your message above the fold?

Let’s revisit a topic that was covered in my inaugural Source post: Deal flow stalled – is it your message?. Messaging is amazingly significant to the success of your brand and story, that it is worth rehashing. Social Media, mobile … Read More

The first harvest!

Every six months, SPS diligently crunches the numbers to see which PE portfolio companies could potentially be ready for exit (to review overall exit activity between Q2 2016 through Q1 2017, read this post). This is a rewarding, albeit complicated … Read More