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The DAK Group Unveils Midwest M&A Trends Report Resilience of The Heartland Prevails

Resilience of The Heartland Prevails


Rochelle Park, NJ – The DAK Group, a leading investment bank specializing in middle market mergers and acquisitions, is pleased to announce the publication of The Midwest M&A Trends Report. This analysis is the first of its kind and our findings reveal that the “Midwestern Resilience” mantra is well applied to M&A. Despite Wall Street bemoaning a decline in merger and acquisition activity in 2022, the Midwest Middle-Market continued to flourish in 2022 – dipping just a tad below the record-breaking levels of 2021 and recognizing a slow start to the first half of 2023. The Midwest M&A Trends Report identifies a continued interest in acquiring solid Midwestern companies in a range of industries that has remained fairly steady over the last 10-years, peaking in 2021. The report takes a look at the hot beds of activity from a regional perspective, as well as which industries have seen a spike in transactions. Business owners and professionals may be surprised by the shifts in the types of acquirers and the impact from coastal Private Equity firms. All business owners and the professionals that serve them will gain insight that could help to shape strategies for the business and provide some advantage to those making growth or exit plans. Don’t miss out; here is your complimentary copy: Midwestern M&A Trends Report.

About DAK

DAK is a leading investment bank serving mid-market privately held businesses in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, business sale, strategic advisory, valuations, and fairness opinions. Since 1984, DAK has executed hundreds of transactions across a wide range of industries. The goal is always the same, to maximize value for our clients. Headquartered in Rochelle Park, NJ, with a satellite in Chicago, IL and clients nationwide and abroad. Like this Thought Leadership? Sign up to receive: News, Industry Analysis, Updates & Invitations.

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VCI – Emergency Vehicle Specialists recapitalized by Tightrope Capital & NewSpring Capital

VCI is the preeminent full lifecycle sales and service provider of emergency ambulance solutions to first aid squads, EMS organizations, fire departments, hospital organizations, municipalities, and private medical transport companies in the Mid-Atlantic Region. VCI was recapitalized by private equity firms Tightrope Capital Partners and NewSpring Capital.

DAK led a competitive, sell-side process for VCI, generating multiple offers from a wide range of strategic buyers and financial sponsors. By positioning the combination of VCI’s market leadership position, comprehensive services offering, strong manufacturer relationships, and robust backlog, DAK achieved an outstanding outcome for the company’s shareholders.

The acquisition provides the shareholders of VCI an opportunity to accelerate its growth strategy by expanding its core ambulance business, building out the value-added segments of conversions and remounts, implementing operational improvements, and pursuing acquisitions with the help of its new partners. Tightrope and NewSpring have an opportunity to leverage VCI’s strong management team and operating platform to build a multi-regional player in emergency ambulance solutions.

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