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The Benefits of Good Governance: Risk Mitigation and Sustainable Value Creation

Martin Stein   |   July 3, 2018   |   CEOWORLD Magazine

As leaders of organizations, founders and CEOs get a large share of the credit and the blame for business developments, both good and bad. But the decisions to influence and inspire a company’s vision, values, culture, and direction should not be made in a vacuum. While CEOs certainly play a part in setting the stage for a company’s long-term success, a meaningful factor is at play that boils down to one word: governance.

 

No matter the type and size of a business or organization, strong governance practices can ensure that the organization protects itself from big risks and builds a foundation for long-term value creation. Good governance also helps to identify the roles and authority of all stakeholders, from the CEO and board to its shareholders, lenders, customers, suppliers, and employees…

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May 09, 2018   |   PR Newswire

GENERATIONAL CAPITAL MARKETS WINS 3 INTERNATIONAL M&A AWARDS

Generational Capital Markets, Inc., (GCM) a leading mergers and acquisitions advisor for privately held businesses and Member FINRA/SIPC, will take home three honors from The M&A Advisor’s 10th annual International M&A Awards. The awards will be presented at a black-tie gala on Monday, June 18, 2018, at the Princeton Club in midtown Manhattan. 

The awards include: 

Private Equity Deal of the Year ($10MM-$100MM) for the investment in Ellison Bakery by Blackford Capital 

February 20, 2018   |   Printing Impressions

Dickinson Press, Kingsport Book Launch New Short-Run Four-Color Commercial Printing Facility

Kingsport Book LLC is excited to announce the launch of its newly built Kingsport Book Commercial. Kingsport Book Commercial was built with the goal of being able to offer the most competitive, short-run four-color book and commercial printing solution available in the industry. Phase 1 of this multi-million expansion continues to build on the goals established by PCC (Printer Consolidation Co.), a Blackford Capital portfolio company to build a world-class company focused on the ever-changing needs of the book printing industry.

February 13, 2018   |   Mergers & Acquisitions 

Blackford completes backing of print cartridge supplier OTS

Blackford Capital has invested in Online Tech Stores, an aftermarket distributor of print and imaging supplies. OTS chief executive officer Bob Willmes says, “While we’ve seen significant growth in the past several years, we believe this partnership will enable OTS to add products and capabilities to continue to best meet the needs of our growing customer base.” 

December 24, 2017   |   MiBiz

2018 Outlook: Martin Stein, Blackford Capital

Blackford Capital closed on three acquisitions in 2017 through its two private equity finds and sold two companies in what founder and Managing Director Martin Stein said were “phenomenal exits.” Blackford Capital owns 11 companies, nine through the Michigan Prosperity Fund and two through its National Growth Practice. Stein expects the U.S. economy in 2018 to remain in “pretty good” shape, driving growth in Blackford’s portfolio companies. He doesn’t see any downturn ahead for at least another two years.

November 06, 2017   |   MiBiz

Grand Rapids PE-backed firm acquires Tennessee book printing company

A portfolio company of private equity firm Blackford Capital bought its second firm in the book printing industry. The Blackford-owned platform company, Printing Consolidation Co., which also owns Grand Rapids-based Dickinson Press LLC, acquired Kingsport Book of Church Hill, Tenn. The 13-year-old Kingsport is a book finishing and fulfillment company that operates from a 120,000-square-foot facility, where it specializes in customized print runs in a range of sizes. The company is also located close to major shipping hubs for FedEx and UPS.

June 11, 2017   |   MiBiz

More Michigan companies open to PE, as deal flow, investment rises-150M for second Mich. Prosperity Fund

Private equity investments in Michigan grew in 2016 with an increase in both deals and the amount of capital invested. Funds last year put $13.33 billion into 96 Michigan companies, according to a report from the Washington, D.C.-based American Investment Council that uses data from PitchBook.com. Michigan ranked 15th in the nation in 2016 for the amount invested in in-state companies from private equity funds and 13th in the number of investments. The 2016 Michigan deal flow and investment compares with $12.29 billion in private equity invested in 85 companies in 2015, and $16.2 billion in 86 companies in 2014.

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Martin Stein   |   July 3, 2018   |   CEOWORLD MAGAZINE

The Benefits of Good Governance: Risk Mitigation and Sustainable Value Creation

As leaders of organizations, founders and CEOs get a large share of the credit and the blame for business developments, both good and bad. But the decisions to influence and inspire a company’s vision, values, culture, and direction should not be made in a vacuum. While CEOs certainly play a part in setting the stage for a company’s long-term success, a meaningful factor is at play that boils down to one word: governance.

Martin Stein   |   May 16, 2018   |   Innovation Enterprise

Beast Mode: 3 Rules For Achieving Hyper Company Growth

There’s one important step a company must take to grow faster in today’s marketplace: overcoming the common hurdles of corporate stagnancy. Leaders in some organizations don’t make the time to pursue growth. Other management teams want to grow but can’t because optimizing the current business model and facilitating growth require different skill sets.

Martin Stein   |   March 22, 2018   |   equities.com

4 KEY FACTORS TO EFFECTIVE DEAL SOURCING AND EXECUTION

Deal sourcing can be arduous, and many private equity firms can spend a lot of time on the wrong deal that, for one reason or another, is never executed. But the most effective private equity firms efficiently reject the wrong deals so they can spend more of their valuable time on good deals. It’s critical to find the “deal killers” — such as undisclosed liabilities, declining revenue, toxic business cultures, etc. — early on so that you can resolve them before spending valuable resources and save immeasurable frustration for both the buyer and seller. Ultimately, the typical problem associated with deal sourcing is a case of missing the forest for the trees. The PE firm might like the management team, the business model, or the industry, but it often fails to see the factors that may prevent the deal from closing.

Jeff Johnson   |   January 29, 2018   |   Entrepreneur

WHY FAMILY-BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS SHOULD EMBRACE PRIVATE EQUITY FUNDING

With the passage of President Donald Trump’s tax plan, family-business entrepreneurs seem to be getting a big bump in social investment and corporate growth. Given that 80 to 90 percent of U.S. businesses are family-owned and that such companies contribute 64 percent of the GDP, according to Kennesaw State University research, the administration has taken a hardline stance in highlighting those businesses’ economic and cultural value.

Achievements

Blackford Capital has received recognition from a number of nationally recognized organizations

for its growth and M&A expertise. Below is a snapshot of Blackford’s most recent awards.

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PRIVATE EQUITY DEAL OF THE YEAR – 2018

Blackford Capital was selected for the international Private Equity Deal of the Year. ($10MM -$100MM) – M&A Advisor

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CORP! MAGAZINE’S MICHIGAN ECONOMIC BRIGHT SPOTS

Blackford Capital was selected as one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots in recognition for continual economic growth and expansion.

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Inc. 5000 – America’s Fastest-Growing private Companies

Blackford was recognized as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies, ranking No. 2,758. – 2017

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PRIVATE EQUITY DEAL OF THE YEAR – 2017

Blackford Capital was selected for Consumer Stables Deal of the Year. (Under $100MM) – The M&A Advisor

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Emerging Leader Award – 2017

James Cook was recognized as one of the top 40 under 40 professionals in the M&A industry for his successful accomplishments during the previous year. – The M&A Advisor

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Executive of the Year – 2017

Martin Stein was recognized as one of the top 40 under 40 Professionals of the Year for his successful accomplishments during the previous year. – MiBiz

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Emerging Leader Award -2016

Joseph Presutti was recognized as one of the top 40 under 40 professionals in the M&A industry for his deal making accomplishments at Blackford Capital. – The M&A Advisor

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Inc. 5000 – America’s Fastest-Growing private Companies

Blackford was recognized as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies, ranking No. 1,610. – 2016.

 

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