Cheval Capital Celebrates Expansion and 400th Transaction!
It was all excitement as the this Cheval Capital celebrated 400th transaction! Since the company entered the business in the late 1990’s Hillary and Frank have assisted companies in cloud hosting, and even IAAS businesses navigate the tricky waters of both mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and financings.
The benchmark which is the 400-transaction also marks the 25th transactions that were successfully closed in the last year! Within the last few months, many operations were completed with companies from various countries including in Ireland, Australia, China, New Zealand, Israel, Canada and the United States.
The extensive network and industry experience has been of great assistance to their clients by allowing them to get maximum value in their business irrespective of the geographical location.
Hillary Stiff said that during the last years, their company has grown as suppliers struggled with organic expansion and had turned to acquisitions. This acquisition demand has supported prices and resulted in an active industry.
There are several highlights regarding observations about the hosting, cloud and related business markets.
SMB hosting/cloud business is an industry of mass-market-products: Even though this is not new, it’s interesting how such a massive percentage of those SMB providers from the hosting/cloud area are businesses offering a restricted set of products/services on a mass-market. This focus on a restricted product/service set is terrific for several reasons, but it can also create issues, especially when market expansion slows because of either maturation or competition from substitutes.
What occurs when growth slows? As market expansion has gone down in many industry segments, the restricted product/service set suppliers in these sections have observed their growth slow down together with it. Providers who were growing more slowly than the market have had trouble replacing normal attrition, and some have started to shrink.
Alternatives: Service suppliers in such slow development sections seem to be chasing at least one of many avenues;.
o Utilizing marketing and sales to take away customers from other suppliers.
o Expanding the range of products/services which are either closely related or possess related customer bases.
o Abandoning customer development as a target and running the company to maximize the money flow from these clients (possibly for distribution to owners or for growth into unrelated companies).
o Employing M&A to obtain clients or exit the business enterprise.
It seems larger suppliers pursue several of those options concurrently. On the other hand, the small to average -sized providers typically tend to focus on one or a maximum of two.
While some suppliers can take customers away from others and continue growth tough it can be complicated unless one is providing exceptional goods or services. Therefore, providers in these segments are expected to diversify into providing a wider range of products/services with related client bases, or go for M&A to acquire customers or leave business.