Four Keys to US M&A Success in 2017*

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Following a slow start at the beginning of 2016, the US M&A market demonstrated its resilience. Uncertainty around some high-profile broken deals, the UK’s Brexit vote, and the US Presidential election has washed out of the market and the outlook for 2017 is positive. These four broad factors are likely to set the tone for… Read more »

Download the FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Winter 2017 Report


In public markets, our winter reporting period saw a 3.3% gain in the FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI). While certainly a solid performance, the sector’s performance did lag the broader markets by a wide margin as the S&P 500 gained 7.2% and the NASDAQ gained 8.2% over the corresponding time period. However, the EFTTI… Read more »

Interview with Walt Hunter, Former COO and CFO of Kayfield Automotive Paint and current Principal at FOCUS

As consolidation in the collision repair industry continues unabated, consolidation in paint distribution has been accelerating as well. National distributors continue to acquire regional and local jobbers, prompting many jobbers to actively consider what this should signal to them.  It’s more than just others selling that is now making a large number of owners look closely… Read more »

FOCUS Investment Banking Represents D’Angelos Automotive and Industrial Coatings, Inc. in its Sale to FinishMaster/Uni-Select

D'Angelos Automotive & Industrial Coatings has been acquired by FinishMaster, Inc.

Transaction is second largest acquisition in refinish paint distribution industry. Washington, DC (January 31, 2017) — FOCUS Investment Banking, the leading advisory and intermediary firm in the automotive services sector, is proud to announce that D’Angelos Automotive and Industrial Coatings and its 14 locations have been acquired by FinishMaster, Inc, a subsidiary of Uni-Select, Inc…. Read more »

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS! Looking Back and Leaping Forward

2016 Year in Review

Looking back, it was a very good year. In 2016, 14 closed deals demonstrate the solid expertise of FOCUS both in the spectrum of sectors engaged as well as in the variety of strategic services successfully deployed. In 2017, we anticipate a climate rich in M&A deal-making opportunities. According to Mergers & Acquisitions, “For companies… Read more »

FOCUS Attends M&A Worldwide Convention in Delhi

M&A Worldwide

In the December 2016 FOCUS Newsletter, I described the collaboration between FOCUS and Aeternus Corporate Finance, and the resulting opportunities we have uncovered to pursue business together in industries that span our borders. As you may recall, Aeternus Corporate Finance is an independent investment bank providing M&A and corporate finance advisory services to mid-sized companies… Read more »

Download the Government, Aerospace and Defense Group’s Winter 2017 Report


The latest issue of the FOCUS Government, Aerospace, and Defense Group Report — highlighting aerospace and defense — is now available. The new GAD Report includes: Major Q4 2016 Deals in the GAD Sector Performance: S&P 500 vs. GAD Government Sector Q4 2016 Aerospace Sector Q4 2016 Defense Sector Q4 2016 M&A Activity in the… Read more »

FOCUS Investment Banking Represents Strength Capital Partners, LLC in its Acquisition of Universal Aerospace Co., Inc.

Strength Capital, LLC has acquired Universal Aerospace Co., Inc.

Washington, DC (January 23, 2017) – FOCUS Investment Banking (“FOCUS”), a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services announced today that Strength Capital Partners, LLC (“Strength”) has acquired Universal Aerospace Co., Inc. (“Universal”).  FOCUS initiated the transaction and represented Strength in the negotiations. Headquartered in Arlington, WA, Universal is… Read more »

Download the FOCUS Information Technology Group’s Winter 2017 Report


Our IT Team has been extremely busy as 2016 turned out to be an exceptional year for M&A. We believe the FOCUS IT team is uniquely qualified to help you meet your objectives because, unlike most information technology groups, we: Employ a proven transaction methodology which delivers results Devote senior C-level resources with operating expertise… Read more »

Download the FOCUS U.S. Communications Service Provider Quarterly: Winter 2017 Report


In public markets, the Communications Service Provider Index (CSPI) posted a solid three-month gain of 3.4% for our winter reporting period. This gain was roughly in line with the 3.3% gain in the S&P 500 and higher than the 1.3% gain in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time period. Please register to download FOCUS Telecom… Read more »