3 healthcare M&A predictions for 2017

  Written by Alyssa Rege | December 16, 2016  There has been an increase in hospital consolidation in recent years, and that trend is expected to continue into 2017. Many healthcare organizations are pursuing mergers, acquisitions and other types of partnerships with a focus on providing coordinated, cost-effective care. There were 112 hospital transactions announced in 2015, an increase over the 95 deals that were announced in 2014, according to an analysis by Kaufman, Hall & Associates released in January. As of the third quarter, 2016 was keeping pace with 2015 transaction activity. Kaufman Hall identified 77 hospital and…READ MORE >

The RZ Interview: Outlook for Oil, Gas for 2017 Expects Hiring Challenges

    by  Deon Daugherty Monday, November 28, 2016 Following more than two years of an economic downturn that's roiled oil and gas markets, experts are cautiously optimistic the industry is finally prepared to turn a corner in 2017. With commodity prices approaching something like stability and a recent surge in deal-making, oil and gas experts say an end to the long, dark night that’s depressed the industry may finally be on the horizon. At investment banking and financial restructuring house Carl Marks Advisors, Partner Charles Boguslaski and Managing Director Brian Williams are…READ MORE >

Analyzing the State of Grocery E-commerce Today

 By Keith Daniels Online grocery sales are now in the high single digits as a percent of total revenue for grocery. They are growing at a 10 percent range, per IBISWorld. Amazon grocery purchases are growing 25 percent. And penetration of consumers are now making online grocery purchases is in the 30-35 percent. Meanwhile, “basket-bandit” sites – those that siphon off a portion of the grocery purchases such as Amazon as opposed to pure online grocery plays such as Peapod – are generating a steady stream of sales leakage. Basket-bandit sites capture 84…READ MORE >

U.S. syndicated lending surged before Brexit, election volatility

    Markets | Thu Jun 30, 2016  NEW YORK | BY LYNN ADLER Budding optimism about the U.S. economy, rising oil prices and a brief lull in volatility spurred companies to lock in low interest rates in the second quarter, driving U.S. syndicated lending up 55 percent from a four-year low the prior quarter. The $904.7 billion of loans issued in the first half was nonetheless about 6 percent below the same period last year, according to Thomson Reuters LPC. While lending gained momentum, the rest of the year is clouded by…READ MORE >

Private Equity Expected to Play Key Role in Oil and Gas Recovery

    By Brock Hudson Most industry analysts agree that the global oil supply and demand equation is reaching parity and that commodity prices are past their inflection point. To support a recovery of the distressed oil and gas industry, investment dollars are pouring into the space in hopes of “buying low.” While the anticipation of increasing commodity prices is a poor basis for an investment thesis, it can provide significant tail wind, in conjunction with further asset development and a well-timed exit, in delivering attractive private-equity returns. According to industry reports, there…READ MORE >