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Private Equity and Venture Capital Newsletter


September 2014

An Investor’s Best Friend in an Active 2014 Capital Market: Robust Internal Controls

Today’s business environment offers opportunity for investors and acquirers looking for viable investments and acquisition targets. While several factors contribute to the successes – and challenges – of a merger, acquisition, IPO or follow-on transaction, a robust internal controls program is one of the more significant items that investors and acquirers should include in their due diligence protocols and sellers should proactively evaluate internally on an ongoing basis.

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Perspectives on Middle-Market Equity Capital: Moving the Capital Markets Ecosystem Beyond One-Size-Fits-All

Despite their recognized value as economic engines, the number of Initial Public Offerings (IPO) in the United States is far from the number required to accelerate growth in the middle market. This report analyzes the “IPO Gap” and its impact on middle-market companies and the broader economy.

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If your firm’s portfolio contains retail or manufacturing and wholesale distribution companies, the following CohnReznick articles may help to build value and increase EBITDA.

Gift Cards: Are Retailers and Consumer Product Companies Leaving Money on the Table?

In 2013, retail and consumer product companies collected over $118 billion in revenues from the sale of gift cards, up 7.9% from the prior year. While retailers and consumer product companies realize how lucrative gift card sales can be, are they leaving money on the table when it comes to unredeemed gift cards and gift certificates? The answer is yes.

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Can Your Company Benefit from a Postponement Strategy?

Make-to-stock or make-to-order demand-fulfillment strategies can lead to either costly overproduction or underproduction risks. To avoid these pitfalls and gain a significant competitive advantage, many manufacturing and wholesale distribution companies are taking a fresh look at postponement strategy as a promising alternative to their current fulfillment strategy.

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