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Critical Technologies, Inc. dba AirVault has been acquired by GE AviationWe 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 world’s most well-known and highly regarded companies.

John Frick, Chairman of AirVault said, “The strategic fit provided by this transaction is exceptional; our acquirer counts nearly every airline in the world in its customer base, which provides an exciting growth path for the business. The FOCUS team has been a valuable partner to us over the years, and we would not be celebrating this transaction without their help and guidance.”

These testimonials may not be representative of the experience of all clients; testimonials are not a guarantee of future performance or success.
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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 M&A activity in 2017. Dealmaking ended 2016 on a high note—but to continue, certain factors need to be in place:

Carrier_Focused_Telecom_TechnologyIn 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. Even with this period’s outperformance, the sector still lags the broader indices over the full-year period…

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Trump Policies Likely to Make 2017 a Good Year for Buying Companies

A guest article in the January 20, 2017 issue of Mergers & Acquisitions observes that: “Private equity players are already looking ahead at how the merger and acquisition (M&A) landscape will shape up over the next four years and where to find the next big opportunity… Currently, corporates are flush with cash, while the private equity market is still seeking to deploy a record amount of capital overhang.”

Operating nationally and internationally, FOCUS currently is working with buy- and sell-side corporate clients, private equity groups, holding companies, and late stage venture capital firms in 24 areas:

We have executed dozens of transactions in a range of market segments, but the same fundamentals apply across all of them. Our on-going transaction process provides us with up-to-the-minute market knowledge in these sectors that may be of corporate development interest to you.

Inquiries should be addressed via e-mail to info@focusbankers.com, by telephone to 202-470-1973 or by fax to 202-785-9413.

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► General Middle Market Businesses

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► Healthcare & Life Sciences – focusbankers.com/health

► Information Technology – focusbankers.com/technology

► Telecom Technologies & Services – focusbankers.com/telecom

Founded in 1982 in Washington, D.C., FOCUS Investment Banking, LLC provides a range of investment bank services tailored to the needs of middle market businesses and their executives. Today, we are a national firm serving clients from offices in major cities across the United States. FOCUS specializes in serving business units with revenue or transaction sizes between $5 and $300 million, serving entrepreneurs, corporate owners, and various types of investors. FOCUS clients include large corporations and private equity firms that engage the firm for middle market transactions.

FOCUS has achieved a very high close rate on accepted buy side, sell side, and corporate finance mandates because of the unique resources, processes, and perspective that we bring to middle market investment banking. FOCUS has developed a systematic, research driven, open, and proven transaction process. It is the driving force of our firm and distinguishes us from other investment banks serving the middle market.

With extensive investment banking transaction experiences and a group of seasoned operating and financial executives, our firm provides a unique value proposition. We bring a strong operating perspective, a wealth of practical experience, and a proven research and transaction process to our middle market clients. Our knowledgeable resources include seasoned partners, managing directors, principals, senior advisors, research staff, internal databases of national and international contacts, and deal experience in a range of industry sectors.