Public Markets

The FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI) cooled off significantly this past three months but still managed to turn in a positive return of 2.2%. This lagged both the 12.6% gain in the S&P 500 and the 6.8% gain in the NASDAQ by fairly wide margins.The sector is still up a hefty 48.4% over the past year, which puts its performance roughly in the middle of the 43.6% gain in the S&P 500 and the 57.1% gain in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time frame. Sector multiples are also significantly higher than they were a year ago. The sector revenue multiple jumped from 4.0x to 6.3x, while the sector EBITDA multiple increased from 16.0x to 24.6x.