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The ABCs of Financing MSO Alternatives

As shared at the 2015 MSO Symposium in Detroit, FOCUS explains the ABC’s of Financing and discusses how MSO’s have multiple alternatives in today’s competitive and consolidating environment: growing, selling or playing the waiting game or as we call it “milking the cow.”

FOCUS Investment Banking Represents Painters Supply, Inc. In Its Acquisition by FinishMaster, Inc.

Painter’s Supply Company, Inc. has been acquired by Uni-Select, Inc. through its subsidiary, FinishMaster, Inc.

Washington, DC (August 3, 2015) – FOCUS Investment Banking LLC, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services announced today that Painters Supply, Inc. has been acquired by FinishMaster, Inc. FOCUS represented Painters Supply in the transaction.

Painters Supply, a PPG Platinum distributor, long respected as one of …

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Private Equity Backed Collision Repair Transactions in 2014

The volume of transactions concluded by the Big Four consolidators in 2014 far exceeded any expectations we might have had even as late as NACE in July. Only the consolidators themselves knew the extent of their acquisition possibilities when the year started. When the dust settled, the total number of acquired and new shops for the Big 4 exceeded 374 - on a beginning base of 614 shops. Fifty percent growth in a single year!

Pedal to the Metal: Consolidation in 2014

Sixteen years ago, after David Roberts and his partner, Matthew Ohrnstein, founded Caliber Collision, he wrote a series of industry articles that were presciently accurate. His subject then? “Shop Consolidation: Is It Inevitable?” His answer was an emphatic “Yes.” Over a period of 8 years as Caliber’s Chairman, Roberts helped lead the initial capital raises and the acquisition of its first 37 shops. Now a leading investment banker in the Automotive Services industry with FOCUS Investment Banking, Roberts has a unique 20-year perspective on the industry. With the dramatic growth of the large consolidators as well as many regional and local MSOs, we asked Roberts to update our audience on consolidation developments, their impact on the industry and how consolidation continues to evolve.
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The FOCUS Automotive Group provides M&A advisory, debt and equity financing, strategic advice and independent research to entrepreneurs, investors and lenders in key segments of the automotive services industry, including:
  • Collision repairers
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Middle Market Investment Banking Firm FOCUS LLC Represents Takata Corporation in the Purchase of BAE Systems Safety Products, Inc. and Schroth Safety Products GmbH in the U.S. and Germany, subsidiaries of BAE Systems

Takata Corporation (Japan) has acquired BAE Systems Products, Inc. and Schroth Safety Products, GmbH, subsidiaries of BAE Systems (United Kingdom).

Washington, DC (March, 6 2012) – FOCUS LLC, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, announced today that Takata Corporation has acquired BAE Safety Products, Inc and Schroth Safety Products GmbH for $32M. FOCUS represented Takata in the transaction.

Based in Tokyo, Japan, Takata is a major …