In public markets, the FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI) jumped 7.2% in our spring reporting period. This handily outperformed the S&P 500, which gained only 4.6% over the corresponding time frame. However, it slightly trailed the 7.7% gain in the NASDAQ. The picture for the full year looks very similar.
The EFTTI delivered a strong year-over-year gain of 22.6%, which outperformed the S&P 500 but lagged the NASDAQ. Gains for the sector have been broad-based, with every single sub sector in the black for both the three- and 12-month periods. Sub sector multiples also are up significantly compared to last year.
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,”
According to Bloomberg on March 29, 2017, “A year ago, a Donald Trump presidency didn’t appear all that likely. So it felt almost as if Wall Street’s dealmakers were speaking of an extreme–perhaps even amusing–hypothetical when they picked the ‘Art of the Deal’ author last March as the best candidate for mergers and acquisitions…
M&A activity continues to remain strong within the broad technology sector. 451 Research ranked the following sectors in order of highest amount of acquisition spend within the technology sector in 2015. Enterprise Security Mobile Technology Internet Content/Commerce Enterprise Application Software Enterprise Infrastructure Software Mobile Technology has been drawing the highest amount of spend from acquirers… Read more »
The Communications Service Provider Index (CSPI) dipped into the red for our spring reporting period with a three-month loss of 1.0%. This significantly trailed the 5.5% gain in the S&P 500 and the 9.8% gain in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time period. This period’s underperformance also moves the CSPI behind the broader indices for… Read more »
The latest issue of the FOCUS Government, Aerospace, and Defense Group Report — highlighting aerospace and defense — is now available. The new GAD Report includes: Major Q1 2017 Deals in the GAD Sector Performance: S&P 500 vs. GAD Government Sector Q1 2017 Aerospace Sector Q1 2017 Defense Sector Q1 2017 M&A Activity in the… Read more »
Inside, be sure to read the new article, “America’s 2017 Healthcare Economy: A Year of Opportunity and Uncertainty,” followed by two short sidebars discussing “Eight Ways to Improve Healthcare Deploying Three New Technologies—Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, and Virtual Reality (VR)” and “How a Decade of Healthcare Trends Evolved: 2017 versus 2007.” Clearly, the way healthcare… Read more »
The FOCUS Telecom Business Services Index (TBSI) enjoyed a solid gain of 7.5% in our spring reporting period. This outperformed the 5.5% gain in the S&P 500 but lagged the 9.8% increase in the NASDAQ. This was the fifth straight reporting period that saw the TBSI in positive territory. Please register to download FOCUS Telecom… Read more »
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… Read more »
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.