Mark Russell’s Posts

Update on Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Activity

March 26th, 2013
RCM 2012

As we discussed in our year-end report, 2012 was a breakout year for revenue cycle management (RCM) service providers. M&A activity in this market increased substantially over the previous year, with 37 transactions completed representing $1.2 billion of total deal value in 2012 vs. only 10 transactions generating $159 million in deal value in 2011. […]

Update on M&A Activity in the ARM Industry

February 15th, 2013
Global ARM

The global ARM industry merger and acquisition (M&A) market experienced a pretty wild roller coaster ride over the past year due to changing market and economic trends, which have impacted buyer interest and market valuations. Here is a look at the level of M&A in 2012 compared to prior years.           […]

Update on M&A Activity Within the CRM Industry

December 17th, 2012
CRM Q3 2012

Despite the continued sluggish growth in the global customer relationship management (CRM) industry (< 5% per year), which consists of inbound and outbound call center activity and online relationship management solutions, M&A activity has increased substantially in 2012 within this market. In Q3, the CRM industry generated 7 transactions representing $445 million in total deal […]

Healthcare RCM Industry: Continuing to Attract Buyers

November 16th, 2012
RCM Deals

The healthcare Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) services industry has generated a lot of interest from strategic and financial buyers in 2012 as a result of projected double digit organic growth rates. This interest has caused merger and acquisition (M&A) activity within the healthcare RCM services industry to increase significantly in 2012, with 31 transactions completed […]

ARM in the Credit Card Sector – A New Opportunity Unfolding

September 27th, 2012
CC Placement Vol

Two weeks ago I attended the DCS conference in Las Vegas, a conference I hadn’t been to in a few years. If you’ve never attended it but have a current focus in or desire to enter the consumer financial services market, I would recommend it. The conference attracts both vendors and credit issuers focused on […]

Getting Current on M&A in the CRM Industry

September 20th, 2012
CRM Quarterly Deal Vol

The customer relationship management (CRM) industry consists of companies that: provide inbound customer service, help desk technology support, outbound telemarketing, direct response and related call center services. The CRM industry generated significant, double digit growth during the 1990’s and early 2000’s as a result of large U.S. and European corporations outsourcing these non-core services in […]

RCM Industry: Q2 2012 Overview

August 7th, 2012
untitledRCM Quarterly Deal Vol vs Deal Val

The U.S. healthcare revenue cycle management (RCM) industry continues to experience strong growth despite the challenging economic and market trends unfolding in the U.S. and abroad. This is not only driving interest from strategic and financial buyers, but it is also creating new opportunities for RCM companies to achieve organic growth in new markets and […]

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Student Loans?

May 30th, 2012

I have read numerous articles over the past two weeks that describe in detail the challenges that students, and in many cases their parents and other family members as well, are facing when trying to pay back their student loan debts. The primary reasons for these challenges have also been well documented – uncontrollable increase […]

M&A Activity Explodes in First Quarter of 2012

May 10th, 2012

Buyers of accounts receivable management and related outsourced business services (OBS) companies seem to have bucked the trend of declining merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in Q1 2012, and instead acquired the largest number of companies in a quarter in over year: 21 transactions completed representing $700 million in deal value. In comparison, only 8 […]

Even Business Publications are Getting it Wrong on Collectors

March 27th, 2012

Did you hear the one about the Bloomberg reporter ripping the entire student loan debt collection industry?  It is almost too outrageous to believe unless you read yesterday’s article written by Bloomberg News reporter John Hechinger and unless you’ve focused your business life on the affairs shaping the collection industry since before the start of […]

LATEST BLOGS

It Takes Two to Tango. Maybe Three.

November 20, 2014

We recently learned how the Feds busted up a crime ring involving debt collectors.

According to the press announcement, the Justice Department and the FBI arrested seven offenders for their roles in a fraudulent debt collection operation that, over the course of five years, targeted more than 6,000 consumers across the United States and stole more than $4 million.

The outrageous offenses listed in the sealed complaint include claims the defendants... ....
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Remember Mortgage Crisis: Lowering Down Payments Might Not Be the Answer

November 17, 2014

The mortgage market is over $8 trillion, and nearly 70 percent of all consumer debt, so changes in the mortgage market have a huge impact on all other areas of consumer debt, which supports credit grantors, ARM service providers, and many other industries. On October 20th, shortly after the release of our last mortgage blog (click here), FHFA Director Mel Watt announced that mortgage-finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would start backing loans with... ....
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Celebrate our Veterans Every Day

November 11, 2014

Nearly 20 years ago, my wife and I bought our first home, a townhouse located in a neighborhood with other young family first-time home owners. Over the next few years, we got to know our neighbors and realized how fortunate we were to live near so many other couples with young families. What we did not realize at that time was how fortunate we really were to purchase the house we did.

By definition, townhouses are connected to adjoining houses so you get... ....
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DBA International's 18th Annual Conference


ARIA Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, NV
February 3rd-5th, 2015

DBA International's 18th Annual Conference - Passport to the Future - is one of the most well attended events in the industry attracting more than 1,500 attendees. As a sponsor, your company will receive unprecedented exposure to potential clients and leaders in the receivables industry. Providing opportunities for exceptional lead generation.......

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2015 Larger Market Participant Summit


FHI360 Conference Center
Washington, D.C.
April 23rd, 2015

insideARM.com and the iA Institute host the third annual Larger Market Participant Summit.

This exclusive event caters to the unique interests of the larger firms in the ARM industry, with unparalleled peer networking, best practice discussion, panels focused on the latest issues... and no exhibit hall.


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Collection and Recovery Solutions 2015


Four Seasons Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
May 6th-8th, 2015

This content rich educational conference gives the techniques, strategies and resources for maximizing collection and recovery outcomes. Our goal is to enrich the intensity of the conference for the exhibitor, attendee and sponsor alike with an unparalleled learning experience. This is an exclusive gathering of industry professionals like none.......

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