The FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Index (CFTTI) continued its trend of strong gains with a 7.2% increase in our fall reporting period. While strong, the gain still lagged the broader indices as the S&P 500 was up 7.6% and the NASDAQ was up 11.0% over the same time frame.The CFTTI also turned in an impressive 12-month gain of 28.9%. Even so, the sector still came in slightly behind both the 29.2% gain in the S&P 500 and the 29.6% gain in the NASDAQ. Sector multiples continued their upward trend and closed out the period at 2.8x revenue and 13.3x EBITDA. These compare very favorably to year-ago multiples of 2.3x revenue and 11.5x EBITDA.
The FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI) delivered a strong return of 12.6% over these past three months. This outperformed both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ, each of which gained only 5.1%. For the past 12-months, the sector delivered very similar returns to the broader indices. The 34.8% year-over-year return in the EFTTI is slightly above the 34.5% gain in the S&P 500, but slightly lower than the 37.4% return of the NASDAQ. Sector multiples are up considerably compared to this same time last year. The sector revenue multiple increased from 5.3x to 7.0x, while the sector EBITDA multiple increased from 20.7x to 27.4x.
Once again, the FOCUS Telecom Business Services Index (TBSI) climbed higher, gaining 3.5% over the past three months. This marks the fifth straight period with a positive return for the sector. However, the TBSI did lag
the broader indices as the S&P 500 was up 8.2% and the NASDAQ was up 9.5% over the same time period. When looked at over the past 12 months, the sector’s return compares more favorably to the overall market. The 43.3% year-over-year gain in the TBSI outperforms the 38.6% gain in the S&P 500 and falls just shy of the 44.2% gain in the NASDAQ. Sector multiples are also higher than at this same time last year and closed out the period at 0.7x revenue and 9.6x EBITDA. This compares to year-ago multiples of 0.6x revenue and 7.4x EBITDA.
Transaction Volume Remains High Throughout Behavioral Health
The second quarter of 2021 delivered thirty-four reported behavioral health transactions, continuing a strong consolidation surge within the industry. We generally expect high deal flow throughout 2021, supported by increasing private equity interest, a favorable government, and a seller pool that is ready to transact.
Orthopedic Platforms Continue to Form - Positioning for Market Share and Private Equity Recapitalization
The second quarter of 2021 delivered three reported orthopedic practice acquisitions, including the formation of Ortho Alliance New Jersey which included seven orthopedic practices in New Jersey joining to form the largest orthopedic group in the state.