Public Markets

The FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI) continued its downward slide with a loss of 8.4% in the past three months. This performance was essentially in-line with the 8.5% loss in the S&P 500 but better than the 13.4% drop in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time period. The EFTTI is also in negative territory for the full year with a decline of 6.4%. This underperformed the 1.2% dip in the S&P 500 but outperformed the NASDAQ’s 11.7% decline. Compared to this time last year, the sector revenue multiple dropped from 6.3x to 5.4x.The sector EBITDA multiple also declined, but at a much more modest rate as it went from 24.0x a year ago to 21.8x currently.