Michael Lamm’s Posts

Where M&A and Compliance Intersect

April 17th, 2013

M&A activity continues to chug along in the ARM industry despite all of the regulatory and compliance concerns at the state and federal level.  Our Q1 13 M&A Report will be available soon–keep an eye out for it – to register to receive it first, click here. With the media continuing to shine a spotlight […]

Debt Buyer Consolidation – Encore Capital and Asset Acceptance Transaction

March 13th, 2013
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It is not every day that one of the largest and well-known, U.S. publicly traded debt buyers, Asset Acceptance (NASDAQ: AACC), announces that it will be acquired by one of its publicly traded competitors, Encore Capital (NASDAQ: ECPG) but I wouldn’t say it’s all that surprising. Assuming the transaction closes in June, our industry will […]

Quick Tips for Developing Profitability by Clients and Forecast Models

February 20th, 2013
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Back in January we released a report titled, “Survive Today and Thrive Tomorrow: 8 Tactics from Successful ARM Companies” where our team touched upon 8 tactics to help address today’s challenges while positioning your business for long-term growth. Two particular areas that are near and dear to my heart, as an M&A advisor, is the […]

M&A Activity in Q4 12 and What to Expect in 2013

January 8th, 2013
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It seems as though we are always waiting for the federal government to avoid some major calamity and at the end of 2012, it was no different with our politicians battling it out till the last possible second to avoid the catch phrase of the year – the “fiscal cliff.” After a long, drawn out […]

Don’t Forget About Private Equity – They Are an Option Worth Considering Too

December 3rd, 2012
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Strategic and industry buyers are not the only fish in the sea to consider when thinking about a sale of your business. Private equity firms have been very active in outsourced business services (OBS) in 2012. We have seen many platform and add-on investments get done this year and I am sure as we approach […]

Asset Class Diversification – It’s actually working for some in the ARM industry

October 11th, 2012
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I wrote a blog last week as a follow up on an article that was in the Spring Edition of Debt Buyers Association magazine (DBA the Magazine) regarding asset class diversification.  Funny enough, later that week, a reporter from the Jacksonville Business Journal wrote a piece (on September 28th) about a hybrid ARM business, Stellar […]

Getting Ready for 2013 – Asset Class Diversification

September 28th, 2012
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For the past 2 decades the ARM industry has been dominated by ARM firms that either purchased and/or serviced credit card receivables. We continue to see many players struggle, both debt buyers and collection agencies, which are focused predominately on credit cards. They are unable to find volume to purchase and/or service.   As a result […]

Healthcare ARM and RCM Industries Converging

May 17th, 2012

The convergence between Accounts Receivable Management (ARM) and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) providers continued to be apparent in Q1, as both strategic buyers and larger private equity backed Healthcare OBS companies were aggressively seeking acquisition opportunities in both markets. Historically, Healthcare Outsourced Business Services (OBS) companies fell into either a collection servicing (ARM provider) or […]

Collection Agency Consolidation a Possible Trend in 2012

February 2nd, 2012

Every transaction that occurs in the ARM industry has its nuances: an agency that has substantial client concentration trying to come up with a fair market value of a debt buyer’s portfolio of charged off credit card paper, trying to figure out how collection licenses will convey post-closing, etc.  Despite all of these nuances — […]

Buy or Lease Your Collection Call Center? An Agency Owners’ Dilemma

November 4th, 2011

As we approach year-end, a lot of debt collection agency owners may be thinking about what do with their current facility space. Do they move into nicer digs, stay where they are and sign a longer term lease, or simply go out and buy a building? We get these questions a lot from agency owners […]

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March 2, 2015

As if the U.S. Department of Education's private collection agency (PCA) contract procurement process hasn't been outrageous enough already, Friday's after-hours announcement that it has terminated its relationship with five of its most prominent debt collection agencies puts it completely over the top.

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Kaulkin Ginsberg's Top 10 Reasons for a Flurry of M&A Activity in 2015

February 9, 2015

Faced with numerous challenges over recent years - including fiscal regulation, economic variability and seemingly erratic client behaviors - buyers and sellers of U.S. ARM companies have been reluctant to complete mergers and acquisitions. That is, until now. Over the past six months, we have experienced a flurry of M&A activity, and we are confident this trend will continue in 2015 for the following reasons:


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EVENTS

ACA International Spring Forum and Expo


Hyatt Regency
San Antonio, TX
March 25th-27th, 2015

Join your fellow ACA members in San Antonio and reignite your passion for compliance and healthcare collections at the Spring Forum & Expo 2015! Experience fresh approaches around every corner to help your business leap ahead of the competition.

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ACA International Washington Insights Conference


Hyatt Regency Washington on Capital Hill
Washington, D.C.
April 14th-16th, 2015

Why is right now so important? The beginning of the 114th Congress is upon us. As a result of the November elections, Republicans now control both the Senate and House, and there is a new determination to get things done. New congressional members are now learning what they need to know about the issues and concerns.......

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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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