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FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly – Fall 2021

Public Markets

While sector performance has cooled off significantly since our last report, the FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI) still managed to deliver a positive return of 1.5% in this most recent three-month period. The sector underperformed the broader indices over this time frame as it lagged both the S&P 500 (up 4.8%) and the NASDAQ (up 5.6%).The situation looks better when measured over the full year as the EFTTI is up 37.8% in the past 12 months. While this still lags the 39.2% gain in the S&P 500 and the 39.6% gain in the NASDAQ, the gap is extremely narrow. Multiples are up strongly com- pared to this time last year.The sub sector revenue multiple closed out the period at 7.0x (up from 5.3x a year ago) while the EBITDA multiple ended up at 27.0x (up from 19.9x a year ago).
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FOCUS U.S. Communications Service Provider Quarterly: Fall 2021 Report

Public Markets

It was a rough three months for the FOCUS Communications Service Provider Index (CSPI) as it ended the period 6.2% below where it began. This significantly underperformed both the 0.2% gain in the S&P 500 and the 0.4% loss in the NASDAQ. The CSPI also lags the broader indices in terms of year-over-year performance as its 3.6% gain compares unfavorably with both the 28.1% gain in the S&P 500 and the 29.4% gain in the NASDAQ. Sector multiples are slightly higher than they were a year ago.The sector revenue multiple ticked up from 2.8x to 2.9x, while the EBITDA multiple increased from 7.9x to 8.2x.
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FOCUS Telecom Business Services Quarterly: Fall 2021 Report

Public Markets

After several periods of gains, the FOCUS Telecom Business Services Index (TBSI) slipped into the black with a loss of 0.5% over the past three months. In addition to its negative performance, the sub sector trailed the broader indices as the S&P 500 rose 0.2% and the NASDAQ dipped 0.4% over the same time period. Even with this period’s decline, performance for the full year remains strong. The TBSI is up 41.2% over the past 12 months, which handily outperforms both the 28.1% gain in the S&P 500 and the 29.4% gain in the NASDAQ. Sector multiples are also higher than they were in the year-ago period. The sector revenue multiple increased from 0.6x to 0.7x, while the sector EBITDA multiple rose from 7.4x to 9.2x.
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FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Fall 2021 Report

Public Markets

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.

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FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly – Summer 2021

Public Markets

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.

FOCUS Investment Banking Represents Sage Management in its Acquisition by SIB Fixed Cost Reduction

Sage Management has been acquired by SIB Fixed Cost Reduction, a portfolio company of O2 Investment Partners Washington, DC, (August 9, 2021) – FOCUS Investment Banking (“FOCUS”), a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, an- nounced today that Sage Management, Inc. (“Sage”), a provider of best-in-class software-driven solu- tions that enable telecom service providers, large enterprises, and government customers to optimize their communications inventory and spend, has been acquired by SIB Fixed Cost Reduction, a portfolio company of O2 Investment Partners.
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FOCUS U.S. Communications Service Provider Quarterly: Summer 2021 Report

Public Markets

The FOCUS Communications Service Provider Index (CSPI) was barely in the black for this current period with a three-month gain of 1.0%.This lagged both the 8.2% gain in the S&P 500 and the 9.5% gain in the NASDAQ over the same time frame by a wide margin.The situation is similar for the full year period as the CSPI’s increase of 16.5% represents less than half of the annual gains of the S&P 500 (up 38.6%) and the NASDAQ (up 44.2%). Sector multiples are higher than at this same time last year and closed out the period at 3.1x revenue and 8.7x EBITDA. Year-ago multiples were only 2.7x revenue and 7.8x EBITDA.
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FOCUS Telecom Business Services Quarterly: Summer 2021 Report

Public Markets

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.