2017 Market Outlook: Calls Heads or Tailwinds as Markets Swing on Policy Shifts*

The Economy Resuscitates, Stocks Gain, Rates Rise, Inflation Grows — Heightened Volatility and Potential for Big Market Swings Likely

In 2017, there is cautious optimism for accelerating U.S. and global economic growth, improving corporate fundamentals, modest stock gains, and higher yields on expectations of fiscal stimulus and regulatory policy easing.

Full-on optimism is tempered by the rippling effects of rising inflation, a stronger dollar, weak credit markets, uncertain commodity pricing, and game-changing political events that raise the potential for big market swings.

GE Aviation Acquires Leader in Digital Aircraft Records Management

GE Aviation announced March 27, 2017 that it has acquired Critical Technologies, Inc., branded as AirVault®, a privately-owned supplier of cloud-based digital records management. AirVault’s expertise to digitally manage mission-critical records across an industrial supply chain network strengthens GE’s ability to focus on asset lifecycle management and maintenance optimization for the aviation industry.

FOCUS Investment Banking Advises AirVault in Strategic Sale

Critical Technologies, Inc. dba AirVault has been acquired by GE Aviation

We are pleased to announce the sale of our client Critical Technologies, Inc. (dba AirVault), in the transaction described below.  AirVault provides its patented electronic records management solutions to airlines worldwide. FOCUS has provided strategic advice to the company for nearly a decade, which now has resulted in this compelling transaction with one of the… Read more »

Download the FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Spring 2017 Report

In public markets, the FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Index (CFTTI) rebounded from the loss we reported in our winter report to deliver a strong return of 12.6% for our spring reporting period. This gain outperformed both the 7.5% gain in the S&P 500 and the 9.4% gain in the NASDAQ over the corresponding three-month period…. Read more »

The Artful Synergist, or How To Get More Value from Mergers and Acquisitions

According to a February 2017 McKinsey & Company article, “Keeping your deal team small ensures confidentiality, but pinpointing synergies requires bringing more people on board…Making sure that large M&A deals create value is as much about knowing whom to involve—and when—as it is about knowing how to capture synergies. The larger the deal, the more… Read more »

Four Keys to US M&A Success in 2017*

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

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 »