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Brett Paschke Testifies in Washington on Preserving Vitality of Public Markets

- Friday, May 25, 2018 - William Blair’s head of equity capital markets Brett Paschke testified May 23 before a House subcommittee on preserving the vitality of public markets.

Primo Water Corporation: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Thursday, May 24, 2018 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Primo Water Corporation (PRMW $15.48). Primo Water is North America’s leading single-source provider of multigallon purified bottled water, self-service refill water, and water dispensers sold through major retailers in the United States and Canada.

Goosehead Insurance, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Thursday, May 24, 2018 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Goosehead Insurance, Inc. (GSHD $16.09), an independent distributor of personal insurance products in the United States, operating through both a company-employed agency channel and a franchise channel.

DocuSign, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of DocuSign, Inc. (DOCU $44.78), the leading software vendor of e-signature solutions globally. Analyst Justin Furby estimated the company would generate $628 million of revenue in fiscal 2019 and $757 million in fiscal 2020.

Smartsheet Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Smartsheet Inc. (SMAR $19.89), a SaaS-based collaborative work management platform that enables users to increase productivity for unstructured workflows through automation, reporting, and governance features.

PowerPlan Has Agreed to be Acquired by Roper Technologies

- Monday, May 21, 2018 - William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to PowerPlan, Inc., a portfolio company of Thoma Bravo, LLC, in connection with its pending sale to Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP).

HCM Holding, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Monday, May 21, 2018 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Ceridian HCM Holding, Inc. (CDAY $38.33), a provider of SaaS payroll/HR solutions via its Dayforce and Powerpay solutions.

U.S. Military Pilot Shortage Creates Outsourcing Opportunities, M&A Interest for Defense Contractors

- Monday, May 21, 2018 - Faced with an unprecedented and growing pilot shortage, the U.S. military is expanding its outsourcing of aggressor support training and other forms of pilot training, transport, ISR, and other services, leading to intense M&A interest in these companies from potential acquirers.

William Blair Advises Simpleview

- Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Simpleview in connection with its strategic investment from The Jordan Company (TJC). The transaction closed in May 2018.

Pivotal Software, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Pivotal Software, Inc. (PVTL $18.98), a leading cloud-native application platform provider. Analyst Bhavan Suri estimates the company can generate subscription revenue growth of 40% for fiscal 2019, 38% for fiscal 2020, and 35% for fiscal 2021, and sees a clear path to non-GAAP profitability by fiscal 2021.

Economics Weekly: Cracks Appear From a Strengthening Dollar

- Friday, May 11, 2018 - In this week’s Economics Weekly we look at the pressure the country is facing—which is a direct result of the dollar’s strengthening—and what it tells us with regard to the current economic cycle and the potential for systemic contagion risks for the United States.

New Law Could Spur the Next Wave of BDC Capital Raising

- Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - The Small Business Credit Availability Act is poised to reverse the multiyear downward trend in issuance activity by BDCs—and free up more capital to be put to work in the already competitive middle-market lending landscape.

Cubic Corporation.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Cubic Corporation (CUB $64.45), a leading provider of public transportation payments solutions, military training solutions, and Department of Defense ISR technologies.

Emerging Markets: Searching the World for Opportunity

- Friday, May 4, 2018 - William Blair's Todd McClone discusses opportunities in emerging markets with Pensions & Investments.

Economics Weekly: “Mission Accomplished” for the Fed? What’s Next?

- Friday, May 4, 2018 - Two questions for this week’s Economics Weekly are: 1) Having now reached targets, can the Fed now declare “mission accomplished”? And 2) based on the Fed’s current expected trajectory for inflation and unemployment against today’s levels, what does this tell us about the end level of interest rates within a Taylor rule-type context?
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