Public Markets

After a disappointing fall report, the Focus Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI) underwent a modest bounce back in our winter reporting period with a three-month gain of 3.3%. While it was certainly good to see the EFTTI back in positive territory, the index still trailed the 6.2% gain in the S&P 500 and the 10.4% gain in the NASDAQ by a fairly wide margin.The situation is similar for the twelve-month period, where the 6.2% year-over-year gain in the EFTTI compares poorly with the corresponding gains of 19.3% and 25.7% in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ, respectively. On a more positive note, we did see that sector multiples are higher than they were at this same time last year.The sector revenue multiple increased from 4.0x to 4.3x, while the sector EBITDA multiple went from 16.9x to 17.8x.