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Initiation of Research Coverage: Whole Foods Market, Inc. and Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.

- Friday, January 20, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM $30.98), the largest specialty retailer for natural and organic food in the United States, and Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (SFM $20.22), a food retailer that sells a wide selection of produce and natural and organic products at value prices.

Momentum Continues Into 2017 for William Blair Public Finance

- Friday, January 20, 2017 - William Blair successfully completed 352 financings for municipal issuers totaling over $20 billion in municipal bonds during 2016; national transaction volume for both senior managed and co-managed transactions nearly doubled from 2015.

Planview Has Agreed to be Acquired by Thoma Bravo

- Thursday, January 19, 2017 - William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Planview, Inc., a portfolio company of Insight Venture Partners, in connection with its pending sale to Thoma Bravo. The transaction is expected to close next month, capping a year in which William Blair successfully advised on 16 software M&A transactions with a cumulative value of nearly $7 billion.

Consumer Price Index

- Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - The CPI’s energy price index rose by 1.5% in December. On a 12-month rate-of-change basis, the seasonally adjusted headline and core rates are now 2.1% and 2.2% higher, respectively.

Industrial Production

- Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - December’s production was 0.8% higher, following a decrease of 0.7% in November. At 75.5% in December, capacity utilisation continues to be quite low following a brief spurt upward in the summer.

Conversion to Specialty Materials Continues to Drive Strong M&A Interest, Most Recently in Kitchen & Bath Sectors

- Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - As more homeowners upgrade to kitchen sinks, showers, bathtubs, and washbasins made of specialty materials, the acquisitions of Marmite and SCHOCK highlight the surging interest from strategic and financial buyers in leading manufacturers of high-growth, high-margin specialty building products.

Weekly Market Update

- Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - Undetermined economic and fiscal policy has led to a recent flattening in domestic equity markets and a decline in the dollar against rival currencies. Investors remain optimistic, proved by the run-up of the dollar and equity markets before President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference since winning the presidency.

The RMR Group, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of The RMR Group, Inc. (RMR $39.45), an alternative asset management company that invests in real estate and is involved in the management of real estate related businesses. RMR primarily provides management services to publicly owned real estate investment trusts and real estate operating companies.

Advance Retail Sales

- Friday, January 13, 2017 - Advance retail sales came in at a fractionally less-than-anticipated 0.6% in December, following an upwardly revised November reading of 0.2%. Sales are now 4.1% higher than a year ago.

Producer Price Index

- Friday, January 13, 2017 - Producer prices are finally starting to show some tangible strength. Prices prices were 0.3% higher in December following a 0.4% increase in November.

Economics Weekly: Consumer Spending Solid in 2017 in the Face of a Number of Headwinds

- Friday, January 13, 2017 - In this week’s Economics Weekly, we examine these fundamentals in an overall assessment of the current state of the U.S. consumer, including what are likely to be the main drivers of consumption.

Sterling Payment Technologies Has Been Acquired by EVO Payments International

- Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - William Blair acted as exclusive financial advisor to Sterling Payment Technologies, LLC in connection with its sale to EVO Payments International. The transaction was announced and completed on January 4, 2017, and exemplifies William Blair’s continued market leadership in the financial technology sector.

Accenture Plc: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Monday, January 9, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Accenture Plc (ACN $114.99). Accenture is a leading global professional services company with over 394,000 professionals in over 120 countries and 40 industries. Services and solutions range across five primary business dimensions: strategy, consulting, technology, digital, and operations.

Addison Group Has Received a Strategic Investment from Odyssey Investment Partners

- Monday, January 9, 2017 - William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Addison Group, a leading national provider of professional staffing and direct hire services in IT, Non-Clinical Healthcare, Financial & Accounting, and HR & Admin, in connection with its investment from Odyssey Investment Partners, previously owned by Trilantic Capital Partners. The transaction closed on December 29, 2016.

Weekly Market Update

- Monday, January 9, 2017 - Welcome to 2017. The year 2016 may be later defined as one of surprise outcomes, most notably for the Brexit vote and the U.S. presidential election. In addition, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to lift the fed funds rate by 0.25%, to 0.75%, in December with guidance for as many as three additional rate hikes in 2017.
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