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FOCUS Investment Banking Represents Software Synergy in its Acquisition by TEOCO

FOCUS Investment Banking Represents Software Synergy in its Acquisition by TEOCO FOCUS Investment Banking (“FOCUS”), a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, announced today that it represented Software Synergy, Inc. (“SSI”), a provider of automated, intelligent network-wide routing and optimization solutions for the planning and management of communications service provider networks, in its acquisition by TEOCO. The transaction closed in December 2021.
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FOCUS Telecom Business Services Quarterly: Spring 2022 Report

Public Markets

The FOCUS Telecom Business Services Index (TBSI) continued to alternate between positive and negative returns each reporting period. Unfortunately, this period was a negative return as the TBSI dropped 7.5% in the past three months.This underperformed the 5.0% drop in the S&P 500 but outperformed the 9.1% loss in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time period. Over the past 12 months the TBSI is in the black with a small gain of 2.3%. However, this return lags both the 14.0% gain in the S&P 500 and the 7.3% gain in the NASDAQ over the past year. Sector multiples are relatively unchanged from a year ago. The TBSI’s revenue multiple held steady at 1.0x, while the EBITDA multiple ticked up slightly from 10.7x a year ago to 10.9x at the end of the current reporting period.

Sage Management Case Study

Sage Management has been acquired by SIB Fixed Cost Reduction

Sage Management, Inc. (“Sage”), a provider of best-in-class software-driven solutions that enable telecom service providers, large enterprises, and government customers to optimize their communications inventory, has been acquired by SIB Fixed Cost Reduction, a portfolio company of O2 Investment Partners. FOCUS initiated this transaction and advised Sage throughout the process. This case study highlights the unique process of this transaction.
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FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Spring 2022 Report

Telecom Investment Banking

Public Markets

The FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Index (CFTTI) suffered a second straight reporting period in negative territory, although the decline this period was only slight at 0.3%. Even with this period’s decline, the sector still outperformed both the S&P 500 (down 4.2%) and the NASDAQ (down 11.5%) over this past three months. The sector still remains in positive territory for the full year with a gain of 12.6%. This gain lagged the 14.8% increase in the S&P 500 over the past year, but was higher than the 4.2% gain in the NASDAQ. Sub sector multiples ticked up slightly compared to a year ago. The sub sector revenue multiple went from 2.3x to 2.5x, while the sub sector EBITDA multiple expanded from 11.2x to 12.0x.
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FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly – Winter 2022

Telecom Investment Banking

Public Markets

The FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI) dipped sharply into the red this reporting period with a three-month loss of 11.0%. While the broader market indices were down as well, the EFTTI still underperformed both the S&P 500 (down 2.0% for the period) and the NASDAQ (down 8.1% for the period). The sector still managed to remain in positive territory for the full year period with a modest gain of 4.1%. However, this once again underperformed both the 21.6% gain in the S&P 500 and the 9.0% gain in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time frame. Sector multiples closed out the period at 6.0x revenue and 23.5x EBITDA. Both of these represent slight declines from year-ago multiples of 6.3x revenue and 24.1x EBITDA.
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FOCUS U.S. Communications Service Provider Quarterly: Winter 2022 Report

Public Markets

Unfortunately, the FOCUS Communications Service Provider Index (CSPI) continued its downward slide in our winter reporting period with a three-month drop of 8.7%. This was despite a favorable market backdrop in which the S&P 500 gained 10.7% and the NASDAQ gained 8.3%. The situation is similar for the full year period.The CSPI posted an annual loss of 12.4%, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ closed out the year with gains north of 20%. Not surprisingly, sector multiples are lower than they were in the year-ago period.The CSPI’s revenue multiple dropped from 2.9x to 2.7x, while its EBITDA multiple fell from 8.3x to 7.6x
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FOCUS Telecom Business Services Quarterly: Winter 2022 Report

Public Markets

The FOCUS Telecom Business Services Index (TBSI) returned to positive territory this reporting period with a strong three-month gain of 9.0%. This put the TBSI in between the 10.7% return in the S&P 500 and the 8.3% return in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time frame. The sector looks even better over the longer 12-month time frame. The 34.6% gain in the TBSI outstripped both the 26.9% gain in the S&P 500 and the 21.4% gain in the NASDAQ. In addition, sector multiples went from 0.8x revenue and 9.4x EBITDA in the year-ago period to 1.0x revenue and 11.0x EBITDA at the end of the current reporting period.
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FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Winter 2021 Report

Public Markets

After a general upwards trend in our last several reports, the FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Index (CFTTI) reversed course and dropped 7.0% in our winter three-month reporting period. This was despite a reasonably favorable market environment in which the S&P 500 gained 1.0% and the NASDAQ gained 1.8%. Sector losses were broad-based as only one CFTTI sub sector managed to deliver a positive return. For the full year, the CFTTI is still in the black with a year-over-year return of 19.3%. Even with this strong performance, the sector still lags both the 26.1% return in the S&P 500 and the 27.4% return in the NASDAQ over the past 12 months. Sector multiples have shown meaningful increases com- pared to this same time last year. The sector revenue multiple went from 2.2x a year ago to 2.5x currently, while the sector EBITDA multiple increased from 11.3x to 12.0x.