Public Markets

The FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Index (CFTTI) did not escape from the overall market carnage and dropped 15.8% in our summer reporting period. This decline was steeper than the drop in both the S&P 500 (down 5.5%) and the NASDAQ (down 12.1%). This period’s declines were also enough to push the sector into negative territory for the full year. The CFTTI is now down 15.7% compared to this time last year, which once again compares unfavorably to the 1.7% drop in the S&P 500 and the 12.1% drop in the NASDAQ. Sector multiples continued to decline. The sector revenue multiple dropped from 2.6x a year ago to 2.1x currently, and the sector EBITDA multiple fell from 12.8x to 10.2x over the same time frame.


Richard Pierce has more than 10 years of investment banking experience advising middle market clients on a variety of mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions. Mr. Pierce’s primary emphasis has been on serving clients in the telecommunications industry.