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Is Industry 4.0 the New Dotcom Boom? Part II

By John Slater, Partner and Team Leader, Advanced Manufacturing and Automation; and Jorge Maceyras, Principal, FOCUS Investment Banking LLC Like the internet before it, the automation boom is gaining steam as costs come down and the technologies become more approachable for the average business. Here are just a few of the rapidly advancing technologies that… Read more »

Is the Acquisition Tide Receding for Collision Repairers?

For the last 5 years, FOCUS and other industry observers have been reporting on a continual increase in Consolidator acquisitions. Looking back at the year 2016, it appears the total number of MSO and single shops acquired by the Big Four Consolidators has peaked. From 2012 through the end of 2015, the number of shops acquired by the Big Four accelerated year over year over year even as the percentage growth rate slowed. But in 2016 the total number of new shops acquired or opened slowed dramatically – down by 40%! In 2017 the decline seems to be even greater.

Is Industry 4.0 the New Dotcom Boom? Part I

By John Slater, Partner and Team Leader, Advanced Manufacturing and Automation; and Jorge Maceyras, Principal, FOCUS Investment Banking LLC Fear stalks the land. The robot apocalypse is nigh, destined to steal our jobs and our future. Worse yet, the machines are made elsewhere and the Western economies are being left behind in the race for… Read more »

Six Sure-Fire Strategies for Acquisition

While every deal is characterized by its own strategic logic, most successful deals have specific, well-articulated value creation concepts from the very beginning—while the strategic rationales of less successful deals can be vague. According to a May 2017 report by McKinsey & Company, the strategic rationale for an acquisition that creates value (providing the buyer did not overpay) typically conforms to at least one of these six scenarios:

AirVault and GE’s Predix: An Innovative New Route to Aircraft Records Management Supports NextGen Goals

Managing the Skies, May/June 2017

FOCUS announces the sale of our client, Critical Technologies, Inc. – doing business as AirVault® – to GE Aviation. After a decade providing strategic advice to AirVault, the result is this compelling transaction with one of the world’s most well-known and highly regarded companies.

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 M&A activity in 2017. While dealmaking ended 2016 on a high note, to continue, certain key factors need to be in place, according to a new report, “Building Momentum: US M&A,”

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.

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 »

Interview with Walt Hunter, Former COO and CFO of Kayfield Automotive Paint

A Distributor's Decision Process, an interview with Walt Hunter of Kayfield 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 »