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M&A and Capital Markets Update 2Q 2019

In 2Q 2019, overall middle market M&A activity continued at a slower clip compared to 2018’s record breaking pace.

Despite slightly depressed deal volume, Middle Market M&A multiples remained elevated in North America at 7.6x EV/EBITDA, as low costs allowed for larger deals to be completed.

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M&A and Capital Markets Update Summer 2019

In Q1 2019, U.S. equity markets rebounded, increasing almost 14% as fears that drove down markets in Q4 2018 and warned of a slowdown, were eased

The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady amid continued inflation rates below 2%. The European Central Bank (“ECB”) also announced a delay in rate hikes.

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M&A and Capital Markets Update Q4 2018

Despite a pullback in public markets at the end of Q4, M&A activity remained strong in 2018, finishing the year with the second-highest total deal value on record.

The average EV / EBITDA multiple across North America and Europe rose to 7.2x driven by increased competition and an abundance of undeployed capital.

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Forbes M+A Bonspiel 2019!

Thank you to all of you that were able to join us for our annual curling tournament.

Congrats again to Ryan Wells, Jim Fipp, Blake Shear, Brett Cunningham, and Matt LaMarche with the win!

THE FORBES M+A Group at Silverton Mountain

The Business of Fun!  The legendary Silverton Mountain, lots of fresh snow, and some of the best entrepreneurs that love to shred.  Many thanks to Mike Arzt, The Public Works, and Marc Gutman, Wild Story, for organizing the activities this week.  Truly a great way to spend time with those that share a lot of passions.  It was incredible!

J.J. Lane at the 2019 Denver Mile High Face Off

2019 Denver Mile High Face Off! The Forbes M+A Group’s own J.J. Lane, also a DU Hockey announcer, scored a couple of goals for his team as they brought home this year’s victory. Many thanks to Eric Mattson, Excellere Partners, and Chris Lueth, KeyBank, for organizing an outstanding event.  #ForbesMA #MileHighFaceOff #MHFO #hockey #MAhockey

The Forbes M+A Group Advises Novelty Lights on its Sale to American Lighting

Leading e-Commerce lighting platform focused on commercial grade products in the U.S. outdoor, seasonal, and decorative lighting market

Greenwood Village, Colo., (January 31, 2019) – The Forbes M+A Group (Forbes), a leading transaction advisory firm, served as exclusive advisor to Novelty Lights (Novelty), an e-Commerce lighting platform, on its majority interest sale to American Lighting Inc, a subsidiary of  Neo-Neon Holdings Limited. The transaction will serve to complement American Lighting’s current sales channels and supplement Novelty’s existing supply chain.

“American Lighting is an ideal partner for Novelty Lights. The combination will provide greater control over our supply chain and sales channels, ensuring a great customer experience in each transaction,” commented Tres Coors, CEO of Novelty Lights. “Forbes did a great job of guiding us through the process. Their industry knowledge, relationships with buyers, extensive transaction experience, and adaptive and creative deal making were essential in achieving an outcome that met our goals.”

“Novelty Lights’ decision to secure a strategic partner  will  position the company as an industry leader for years to come,” said Tom Schmidt, Managing Director & Partner at Forbes and Novelty Lights lead advisor. “The Forbes team was pleased to advise Novelty Lights on this transaction and achieve a great outcome.”

About Novelty Lights
Novelty Lights, a Colorado based company, was founded in 1999 as a direct importer of rope lights, holiday lights, and a variety of popular novelty lights. Since its founding, Novelty has grown into a leading e-Commerce lighting provider with a vast product line and unbeatable customer service.

About The Forbes M+A Group
The Forbes M+A Group is an award-winning Denver-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. The firm has a capital formation group and also serves buyers and sellers in middle-market M&A transactions. Forbes applies meticulous attention to detail helping business owners develop and execute M&A strategy, acquire companies and partner with investor groups for growth to maximize value in an eventual exit. Senior advisors at The Forbes M+A Group have more than 200 years of combined experience in transactions across a wide variety of industries. For more information regarding this transaction or The Forbes M+A Group please contact Max Eckstein.

About American Lighting
Founded in 1989, American Lighting manufactures a wide range of lighting solutions for residential, commercial, and specialty lighting needs. The company is committed to providing its customers a broad line of innovative and high-quality lighting products.

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Max Eckstein
Max.Eckstein@ForbesMA.com
303.872.9085

The Forbes M+A Group Advises BoldLeads on its Sale to Propertybase

Leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) real estate lead generation technology platform.

Greenwood Village, Colo., (January 29, 2019) – The Forbes M+A Group (Forbes), a leading transaction advisory firm, served as exclusive advisor to BoldLeads.com (BoldLeads), a leading SaaS-based real estate lead generation technology platform, on its sale to Propertybase, a portfolio company of Providence Strategic Growth (PSG), an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners.

Founded in 2014, BoldLeads provides lead generation and marketing automation services for residential real estate agents in the U.S. and Canada through its industry leading, scalable, proprietary SaaS technology platform. The BoldLeads platform generates and cultivates online buyer/seller leads for real estate brokers or agents, resulting in the highest lead generation ROI in the industry. By delivering quality leads and driving them through conversion, the Company has seen explosive growth in recent years, servicing thousands of clients in North America and generating over 1 million leads per year.

“Given the rapid growth of our Company, we needed an advisor who would tell our story and help us maximize the value we created by finding a partner who intimately understood the SaaS-based real estate lead generation industry and supported our growth,” said BoldLeads CEO Christine Crane. “We selected Forbes because of their excellent reputation, and they exceeded every expectation by taking the time to understand our objectives, delivering the best possible partner and terms.”

“With real estate tech companies disrupting the traditional real estate ecosystem,” said Bob Forbes, President of Forbes and BoldLeads’ lead advisor, “Companies like BoldLeads are attracting major interest from investment groups who recognize this growing market opportunity, as well as the real estate incumbents that see the strategic value of RE Tech and PropTech within the industry going forward.” In addition to Bob Forbes, the BoldLeads advisory team included Bill Nack, Managing Director & Partner, JJ Lane, Senior Associate, and Tom Willen, Analyst.

About The Forbes M+A Group
The Forbes M+A Group is an award-winning Denver-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. The firm has a capital formation group and also serves buyers and sellers in middle-market M&A transactions. Forbes applies meticulous attention to detail helping business owners develop and execute M&A strategy, acquire companies and partner with investor groups for growth to maximize value in an eventual exit. Senior advisors at The Forbes M+A Group have more than 200 years of combined experience in transactions across a wide variety of industries. For more information regarding this transaction or The Forbes M+A Group please contact Max Eckstein.

About Propertybase
Propertybase, a portfolio company of Providence Strategic Growth (“PSG”), is a developer of a web-based customer relationship management (“CRM”) software intended for real estate agents. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

About Providence Strategic Growth
Providence Strategic Growth is an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners and is investing out of its third fund, with $1.3 billion of total capital. Established in 2014, PSG focuses on growth equity investments in lower middle market software and technology-enabled service companies, primarily in North America. Providence Equity Partners is a premier global asset management firm with approximately $60 billion in capital under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. Since the firm’s inception in 1989, Providence has invested in more than 160 companies and is a leading equity investment firm focused on the media, communications, education and information industries. Providence is headquartered in Providence, RI, and also has offices in New York and London.

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Max Eckstein
Max.Eckstein@ForbesMA.com
303.872.9085

The State of the M&A Market 2019

Do you know the latest trends in the industry?

Are you ready to advise your clients on how the economic outlook may impact their business transition?

On January 24th, Bob Forbes, President and Founder of Forbes M+A, will join the Exit Planning Institute panel of M&A experts to share the trends of 2018 and how they will carry forward into 2019, take a look at how the booming Colorado economy may shift going forward, and give you insights that will be valuable to you and your clients going into the new year.

Date/Time: January 24, 2019 – 7:30 am
Location: The Commons on Champa – 1245 Champa Street Denver, CO 80204

The Forbes M+A Group Announces Successful Sale of Utah Cabinet and Countertop Company

Greenwood Village, CO (November 30, 2018) – The Forbes M+A Group, a leading transaction advisory firm, served as an adviser and consultant to Chris & Dick’s Cabinets and Countertops LLC, a leading provider of cabinet and countertop installation services in the Salt Lake City market, on its acquisition by Interior Specialists, Inc. The terms of the investment were not disclosed.

“Working with great companies like Chris & Dick’s is exactly why we opened our new Utah office based in Salt Lake City,” said Bob Forbes, President and Founder of The Forbes M+A Group.  “The Utah market is one of the hottest in the country for middle-market transactions.  At Forbes M+A we have always enjoyed working with the best businesses to tell their own unique stories.  Our extensive process, networks, and expertise enabled us to identify the perfect companies within this universe and bring them to the table.”

ISI CEO Alan Davenport said, “We are excited to welcome the Chris & Dick’s team to the ISI family and to bring their collective history of success and experience to the organization. Chris & Dick’s embodies the customer focused approach that has made ISI the nation’s largest provider of interior finish products and design center management services. This acquisition will further expedite ISI’s growth in Utah after we had established an ISI operation there in 2017.”

“The partnership with the Chris & Dick’s team will make a powerful combination to serve the flooring, cabinet and countertop turnkey installation needs of our customers and to introduce ISI’s industry leading design center technology to the Utah market,” said Jeff Trapp, ISI’s Senior VP of National Sales.

About The Forbes M+A Group

The Forbes M+A Group is an award-winning Denver, CO-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. The firm serves sellers or buyers in middle-market M&A transactions. It applies meticulous attention to detail in helping business owners develop and execute M&A strategy, acquire companies and partner with investor groups for growth, and maximize value in an eventual exit. Senior advisors at The Forbes M+A Group have more than 150 years of combined experience in transactions across a wide variety of industries. For more information on the Company, please visit: www.forbesma.com or (303)770.6017.

Media Contact:  Max Eckstein +1(303)872.9085, Max.Eckstein@ForbesMA.com