Newsletter Articles

Mid-Year M&A 2017: Remarkably Resilient

Mostly, the news is excellent. Stock market indexes are reaching record highs, corporate earnings are trending upward, global markets remain strong, and an active M&A market continues. The U.S. economy is outpacing most other developed markets, remaining remarkably resilient and positive in reaction to a variety of political outlooks, policy agendas, and geopolitical fears. From… Read more »

Download the FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Summer 2017 Report

After a strong performance in our spring report, the FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI) reversed course and dropped 2.8% in our summer reporting period. This was despite a favorable market backdrop where the S&P 500 gained 3.6% and the NASDAQ gained 5.0% over the corresponding time frame. Even after this period’s losses, the EFTTI… Read more »

Download the FOCUS U.S. Communications Service Provider Quarterly: Summer 2017 Report

In public markets, the FOCUS Communications Service Provider Index (CSPI) had its second straight three-month period in negative territory, dropping 4.6% in our summer reporting period. This was despite relatively healthy gains in both the S&P 500 (up 2.6%) and the NASDAQ (up 3.9%). The difference between the CSPI and the broader indices is even… Read more »

Download the FOCUS Information Technology Group’s Summer 2017 Report

FOCUS Information Technology Quarterly

Our IT Team has been extremely busy as the first half of 2017 turned out to be an exceptional period for M&A. We believe the FOCUS IT team is uniquely qualified to help you meet your objectives because, unlike most information technology groups, we: Employ a proven transaction methodology which delivers results Devote senior C-level… Read more »

Download the FOCUS Healthcare and Life Sciences Report: Summer 2017

FOCUS Healthcare and Life Sciences Report

Inside, be sure to read Part I of a fascinating new two-part article, “Precision Medicine—The Leading Edge of Medical Therapeutics.” According to the authors (an impressive group of FOCUS interns and researchers), precision medicine is a transformative approach to disease treatment and prevention, customizing healthcare based on an individual’s genetic makeup, lifestyle and environment. It… Read more »

Download the FOCUS Telecom Business Services Quarterly: Summer 2017 Report

In public markets, with a gain of 3.9% in our summer reporting period, the FOCUS Telecom Business Services Index (TBSI) once again posted a solid three-month gain. The performance of the TBSI was significantly better than the three-month gain of the S&P 500 of 2.6%, and was identical to the three-month return of the NASDAQ…. Read more »

Download the Government, Aerospace and Defense Group’s Summer 2017 Report

FOCUS Government, Aerospace and Defense Quarterly

The latest issue of the FOCUS Government, Aerospace, and Defense Group Report — highlighting aerospace and defense — is now available. The new GAD Report includes: AirVault and GE’s Predix: An Innovative New Route to Aircraft Records Management Supports NextGen Goals Major Q2 2017 Deals in the GAD Sector Performance: S&P 500 vs. GAD Government… Read more »

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

In public markets, the FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Index (CFTTI) was relatively flat in our summer reporting period, dropping 0.3% in the past three months. This underperformed both the 2.0% gain in the S&P 500 and the 6.4% gain in the NASDAQ over the same time frame. Please register to download the FOCUS Telecom Group’s… Read more »

10 Brand Architecture Strategies After M&A

Branding strategies impact how a new acquisition or merger is accepted in the marketplace. A May 31, 2017 blog in Divestopedia states: “Choices around brand strategy or brand architecture on the heels of a merger or an acquisition send signals to key stakeholders. These decisions express to employees, investors, customers, and the market where the entity is headed, what’s changing, what’s staying the same, etc. Making the right brand strategy decisions is critical to activate the full potential of the merger or acquisition.

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: