Blood of the Earth – Store of Economic Value Part 3—Sol...
By Steve Maxwell Once one more fully understands the array of pressing water challenges, it becomes easier to think through strategic alternatives and begin to propose potential solutions. Fortunately, the world water crisis lends itself […]
Blood of the Earth – Store of Economic Value Part 2–...
By Steve Maxwell Although we casually talk about the ‘water industry,’ strictly speaking there is really no such thing as ‘the’ water industry. What there really is instead is a group of very disparate, balkanized […]
Blood of the Earth— Store of Economic Value Part 1: Overvi...
By Steve Maxwell Editor’s Note: In this first article of a three- part series, industry consultant Steve Maxwell provides a broad overview of the global water challenge and the role of water in the world […]
$$ Big Splash $$
Increasingly, high valuation multiples in the water business reflect a high current interest in the industry, and are a reflection of the desire by many firms to “buy” their way into the business. Even so, […]
How Big is the Water Industry Anyway?
By Steve Maxwell Trying to describe the “water in-dustry” brings to mind the old fable in which three blind men try to describe an elephant and come to startlingly different conclusions. Individual perspectives on what […]
An Update on Industry Consolidation
By Steve Maxwell Since we last examined the merger and acquisition scenario in the water industry in these pages last year, the rapid pace of transactions has continued—between companies already in the business as well […]
Mergers & Acquisitions in the Water Industry, Part 3, A...
By Steve Maxwell Identifying, evaluating and consummating a deal is only the first part of the job in actually implementing successful acquisitions. After the deal is done, the real work of integration and operational implementation […]
Factors to Evaluate and How to Put a Deal Together—Mergers...
By Steve Maxwell Summary: In February alone, there were four significant acquisitions in the water treatment industry — GE acquired BetzDearborn, Vivendi Environnement sold USFilter Filtration & Separations Group to Pall Corp., Crane Environmental picked […]
Why Grow Through Acquisition? — Mergers and Acquisitio...
By Steve Maxwell Summary: Over the next three months, WC&P will run a series of “Drinking Water Dollars” columns on the water industry and its increasing propensity for mergers and acquisitions. This is the first […]
Where Are All the ‘Water Bucks’? Part 2
By Steve Maxwell As we discussed in this column in March, we’re hearing a lot about the general size and significance of the water business—in the United States and worldwide. Scholarly studies and reviews abound, […]