As mentioned last week, the Source is focusing on strategies to hit the ground running on January 2nd. If December is slowing down for you and your fund, it is a good time to consult a map to see where to focus travel in the first quarter of the year. By utilizing the SPS Portal to plan your travel, you will have access to an intelligent and intuitive map. At least more than the decorative globe delighting your guest in the reception area.

Where to travel in Q1

To design next year’s travel itinerary, let us use the LTM period for the Healthcare sector as a proxy. During this period, more than 1,200 deals traded, with 53% representing new platform investments.

Looking at the map pulled from the SPS Portal, most Healthcare deals took place in the Acela-Corridor (Washington, DC to Boston) during this period. With that in mind, it would be prudent to buy a train ticket and canvas the East coast for Healthcare deals in the first quarter.

Where are the intermediaries and professionals located?

For the intermediaries involved in a Healthcare transaction during this twelve-month period, most firms are headquartered in New York (25%), Chicago (6%), Toronto (6%), Boston (4%), and Minneapolis (3%). However, the top five most active intermediaries for Healthcare deals are more interesting, as indicated by the league table below. Most of these firms are headquartered on the east coast, and I would say the top two might deserve a visit in the first quarter, as they do not typically break the top forty in a league table, and likely have a strong healthcare focus.

For professionals in the healthcare space, the top locations are New York (18%), Chicago (11%), Boston (7%), San Francisco (5%), and Atlanta (5%). As we often tell clients, where a firm is headquartered is not indicative of where its professionals are located. To that point, the top three most active professionals in healthcare during the last twelve months are all from the same company, the Braff Group. Yet, Braff is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA and all three of these professionals are located in different places including Chicago, Marietta, GA, and Roswell, Ga. When planning travel to meet specific dealmakers, it is helpful to know the exact location of the professional, not just the company’s headquarters.

What is your market coverage and number of deals by region in your market?

With the SPS Portal, not only can you review the deals, professionals, and firms in a certain sector on a map to prepare your travel, it is also possible to review your market coverage of the Healthcare deals and the number of deals by region in your market. The following chart illustrates what market coverage by region could look for your target. The chart pinpoint the success of your strategy in penetrating the market.

As we can tell from each analysis, New York is a huge player in the Healthcare industry and should certainly be on your travel list. But, you knew that. The point of analyzing the maps and locations of those hot professionals in your space is to dig deep into your specific criteria to see where your firm can find the most success and prove a scalable ROI in the first quarter. To learn more about the SPS Portal and how it can make your travel smarter, as well as how the SPS mobile networking app can schedule meetings on the fly, contact us.




Last week’s deals today

November 26 – November 30, 2018

~90 deals traded


Deal of the week

CVS Health completed its acquisition of Aetna for $78 billion. Allen & Co, Evercore Partners, and Lazard all acted as the sell-side intermediaries on the deal. Aetna is a Hartford based insurance firm that provides health care insurance plans and related services, such as medical, pharmaceutical, dental, behavioral health, long-term care, and disability plans.


Most active subsectors
  • IT: Software & services
  • Industrial: Equipment & products
  • Financial: Insurance
  • Food: Consumable food products
  • Services: Marketing & related
Most active cities
  • New York
  • Phoenix
  • St. Louis
  • Boston




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