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Castlight Health, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Castlight Health, Inc. (CSLT $3.90). Castlight Health is a health navigation platform encompassing both sick care and well-being guidance that engages employees to make better health decisions and enables benefit leaders to personalize, communicate, and measure the impact of benefit programs.

EVO Payments, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Monday, June 18, 2018 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of EVO Payments, Inc. (EVOP $22.02), a global merchant acquirer that operates on a proprietary technology platform.

William Blair & Company Hosts 38th Annual Growth Stock Conference

- Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - William Blair & Company, a premier global boutique investment banking and asset management firm, today commenced its 38th Annual Growth Stock Conference, a three-day event featuring roughly 240 companies and attracting almost 1,000 clients from around the globe.

William Blair Advises MAG Aerospace and Clairvest Group

- Thursday, June 7, 2018 - William Blair acted as the lead financial advisor to MAG Aerospace, owned by management and Clairvest Group, in connection with its partnering with New Mountain Capital. The transaction closed on June 6, 2018.

Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc. (FND $48.53), the leading specialty retailer of flooring products in the United States and the third-largest retailer of flooring products in the country (behind Home Depot and Lowe’s).

TriTech Software Systems agrees to be recapitalized by Bain Capital

- Thursday, May 31, 2018 - William Blair is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to TriTech Software Systems, a portfolio company of Insight Venture Partners, in connection with its pending recapitalization by Bain Capital Private Equity. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval with an anticipated close date in June 2018.

8th Annual Cancer Immunotherapy Conference

- Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - In April, the William Blair Biotechnology Research Team co-hosted the Eighth Annual Cancer Immunotherapy Conference in New York with Maidstone Life Sciences. The two-day event was divided into four themes: Adoptive Cell Therapies, Jump-Starting the Immune System, Next-Generation Approaches, and Immunotherapy Combinations.

Axon Enterprise, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of two security technology companies, Axon Enterprise, Inc. (AAXN $62.08) and Carbon Black, Inc. (CBLK $23.63). Axon provides technology solutions for the law enforcement market and Carbon Black is a leading vendor of next-generation endpoint platform solutions that protect workstations, servers, and virtual machines from malware, ransomware, or unwanted programs.

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.

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.
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