Archive for the ‘Industry Trends’ Category

The Shifting Spotlight on Independent Sponsors

We hoped this day would come. The day when the broader market would wake to see the benefits and proven success of a deal-by-deal approach to private equity. At Watermill, our heritage as a nearly 40 year investor in private companies always pointed us toward a focus on improving company performance, as opposed to financial…

November 21, 2016 | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Steve Karol: Thinking About the New Normal

Steve Karol, Watermill Group’s Managing Partner and Founder, widely known as our big picture strategic thinker, occasionally shares updates with Watermill’s friends, investors, and advisers on his thoughts on markets and economies. We call these missives Reflections From the Water’s Edge and are delighted to begin sharing them more broadly through our blog. We hope…

September 4, 2015 | , , , ,

John Carr of The Watermill Group discusses manufacturing M&A

Manufacturing M&A is expected to surge over the next twelve months, according to dealmakers surveyed by Mergers & Acquisitions. Anthony Noto recently caught up with John Carr of The Watermill Group to discuss the manufacturing sector, reshoring, and additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing). Check out their conversation here. What trends have you been seeing in the manufacturing…

August 4, 2014 | , , , , , , , ,

Made in the USA

Since its founding more than 35 years ago, Boston-based The Watermill Group has kept an eye on manufacturing companies. Of course, given the ebbs and flows of the market, investing in American manufacturing companies hasn’t always been an easy or even a good strategy. In fact, most companies have been outsourcing their manufacturing needs for the last 20 years…

February 7, 2014

Human Capital

Sept. 13, 2013 Investing in future leaders has become a priority for maturing firms Private equity is still a relatively young industry, with many firms being founded just 30 to 40 years ago. At many of these firms, it’s the founders who are still leading day-to-day operations. That’s great for continuity, but what about the…

October 21, 2013

Dealmakers Provide Social Media Tips for Businesses

Panelists at ACG Philadelphia’s M&A East conference encourage PE firms and dealmakers to engage on Twitter and LinkedIn Middle-market M&A professionals may attend conferences to network and find leads on new deals, but Twitter Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE: LNKD) can also provide some of that action, experts said at a panel on social media…

October 11, 2013