Peter Schaefer

Peter Schaefer

Peter Schaefer, partner at New Direction Partners, is an experienced dealmaker with more than 25 years of investment banking and valuation experience, 20 of which has been focused exclusively on the printing and packaging industries. He has closed more than one hundred transactions in virtually every segment of the printing and packaging industries. In addition, he has performed hundreds of valuations for ESOPs, estate and gift tax planning and strategic planning purposes. Contact him at (610) 230-0635, ext. 701.

M&A: Fair to Middling to Marvelous

Recently, New Direction Partners spoke with a group of investors about structuring a multi-company transaction. It’s a conversation we wouldn't have expected to be having on behalf of printing firms just a few years ago.

Keys to Your Succession Plan

Do you, as the owner of a printing business, have a plan for no longer being the owner of that business?

A New Year of Opportunity for M&A Transactions

If you’ve been clocking mergers and acquisitions in the printing industry this year, you’ve had plenty to keep you busy. The fast pace of transactions in 2016 tells us that the market is sound and that many looking for opportunities to buy or sell have had little difficulty in locating them.

EBITDA Trends in Printing and Packaging: Second Quarter Results

New Direction Partners compiles two charts that are published quarterly in Printing Impressions and packagePRINTING: the NDP Printing And Packaging EBITDA Trend Chart, and the NDP Printing And Packaging Stock Index. For now, let’s review the trend in EBITDA multiples for the two industry segments during the second quarter of 2015.

Start Succession Planning Now

Paul Reilly and Peter Schaefer, partners at New Direction Partners, discuss why succession planning should start early.

New Direction Partners' Stock Index

The New Direction Partners’ Printing and Packaging Stock Index was compiled by Peter Schaefer, partner at New Direction Partners.

Tales of the Ticker

One of the most useful research tools we have at New Direction Partners is our printing and packaging stock index. With it, we track the stock price performance of nine printing companies and the seven top packaging companies from 2006 to the current date. We then can compare trends in the two segments with what has been happening on a more macroeconomic level by looking at them next to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 Index.

When It’s Good, It’s Quite Good

It’s refreshing to be able to talk about M&As in the context of market expansion after a prolonged spell in contraction mode. How long the good times will stay good, no one can predict. But, it’s easier to foresee success for owners who understand that they will never have a better moment than the present one to seize the M&A opportunities that finally have come their way.

How Printers Are Looking Good to Investors and Why

If you have reached a decision to sell, don’t delay setting the process in motion. If selling isn’t yet a step you’re ready to take, keep building your business in ways that will bring you to the attention of the private equity players. They’re attracted to companies that show they aren’t afraid to make the investments that set them apart as leaders of the positive change the industry is undergoing.