Startup investors made a fortune last month.
To get things rolling, Uber bought Postmates for $2.6 billion. That handed early investors an estimated 520x their money.
The profits continued when solar-company Sunrun bought Vivint for $1.5 billion…
And when Lululemon bought home-fitness startup Mirror for $500 million.
Welcome to the new face of M&A.
What’s different this time? Simple:
This time around, you could make a fortune.
Two Ways To Grow
To set the stage here, let me briefly explain how big companies grow bigger:
#1: They can grow “organically” by building up their operations over time, or…
#2: They can grow instantly by acquiring other companies.
Today, we’re going to focus on #2, acquiring other companies.
This strategy is known as Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A).
And as you’re about to learn, it can lead investors like you to huge returns.
How M&A Can Help You Profit
To put it simply:
If you own a stake in a small company that gets acquired, you can earn massive returns.
For example, we recently showed our readers how to claim a stake in Cruise Automation, a startup that builds software for self-driving cars.
Just six months after we wrote about it, Cruise was acquired by General Motors for $1 billion.
Readers who took advantage of this opportunity made a quick profit of 1,000%.
And as mentioned above, Postmates’ early investors earned an estimated 520x their money.
That’s enough to turn a $5,000 investment into $2.6 million.
In the wake of the coronavirus, M&A activity has become red-hot.
You see, big companies are using this crisis as an opportunity to get bigger, and to build new business lines.
With its acquisition of Postmates, for example, Uber will further diversify its core ride-hailing business, and expand its market share in the delivery of food and everyday goods.
And with its acquisition of home-fitness startup Mirror, Lululemon can show its clothes to people who aren’t going shopping right now, and aren’t going to the gym.
Welcome to the new face of M&A:
This isn’t, as The New York Times just reported, about “huge, industry-changing deals.”
Instead, it’s about “a steady stream of acquisitions of medium-sized companies by technology giants and other big companies in high-growth industries.”
The thing is, this new world creates an opportunity for investors like you…
Because if you can figure out which companies might get taken over, you can make big profits fast.
How to Play the M&A Mega-Trend
But how do you know which companies have the best shot of being acquired?
Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not difficult.
You see, based on data from market intelligence platform CapitalIQ, 95% of all takeovers occur in the same market:
The market for private companies.
So to put yourself in position to profit from this decade’s M&A boom, you should buy some stakes in private companies!
Here’s How We Can Help
The main reason Wayne and I started Crowdability was to help ordinary investors like you learn how to invest in the private markets.
Then you can get involved in trends and opportunities like the one we told you about today — and have the chance to earn life-changing returns.
And that’s why we created a number of free resources for you. For instance:
- We created a video series that explains the basics of private market investing.
- We wrote a special report that explains the proven process used by professionals to quickly evaluate the merits of private-market deals.
- And we even share the “tips and tricks” used by some of the wealthiest and most successful early-stage investors in the world.
These resources are completely free…
You can find them all in the Resources section of our website »