Newsletter Articles

These are the articles that are featured in each of the FOCUS monthly newsletters.

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Trump Policies Likely to Make 2017 a Good Year for Buying Companies

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 …

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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.

GE Aviation Acquires Leader in Digital Aircraft Records Management

GE Aviation announced March 27, 2017 that it has acquired Critical Technologies, Inc., branded as AirVault®, a privately-owned supplier of cloud-based digital records management. AirVault’s expertise to digitally manage mission-critical records across an industrial supply chain network strengthens GE's ability to focus on asset lifecycle management and maintenance optimization for the aviation industry.
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Download the FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Spring 2017 Report

In public markets, the FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Index (CFTTI) rebounded from the loss we reported in our winter report to deliver a strong return of 12.6% for our spring reporting period. This gain outperformed both the 7.5% gain in the S&P 500 and the 9.4% gain in the NASDAQ over the corresponding three-month period.

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The Artful Synergist, or How To Get More Value from Mergers and Acquisitions

According to a February 2017 McKinsey & Company article, “Keeping your deal team small ensures confidentiality, but pinpointing synergies requires bringing more people on board…Making sure that large M&A deals create value is as much about knowing whom to involve—and when—as it is about knowing how to capture synergies. The larger the deal, the more …

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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 …

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

In public markets, our winter reporting period saw a 3.3% gain in the FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI). While certainly a solid performance, the sector’s performance did lag the broader markets by a wide margin as the S&P 500 gained 7.2% and the NASDAQ gained 8.2% over the corresponding time period. However, the EFTTI …

2016 Year in Review

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS! Looking Back and Leaping Forward

Looking back, it was a very good year.

In 2016, 14 closed deals demonstrate the solid expertise of FOCUS both in the spectrum of sectors engaged as well as in the variety of strategic services successfully deployed.

In 2017, we anticipate a climate rich in M&A deal-making opportunities. According to Mergers & Acquisitions, “For companies …

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FOCUS Attends M&A Worldwide Convention in Delhi

In the December 2016 FOCUS Newsletter, I described the collaboration between FOCUS and Aeternus Corporate Finance, and the resulting opportunities we have uncovered to pursue business together in industries that span our borders.

As you may recall, Aeternus Corporate Finance is an independent investment bank providing M&A and corporate finance advisory services to mid-sized companies …

FOCUS Government, Aerospace and Defense Quarterly

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

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 Q4 2016 Deals in the GAD Sector
  • Performance: S&P 500 vs. GAD Government Sector Q4 2016
  • Aerospace Sector Q4 2016
  • Defense Sector Q4 2016
  • M&A Activity in the GAD Sector
  • Selected GAD Transactions Q4 2016
  • Recent FOCUS GAD Transactions
  • FOCUS GAD Team