Public Markets

For the second straight reporting period the FOCUS Tele- com Business Services Index (TBSI) managed a positive return but still underperformed the broader indices. The TBSI gained 1.0% over the past three months, but the S&P 500 and NASDAQ gained 8.5% and 11.0%, respectively, over the same time frame. The TBSI remains in negative territory for the full year period with a drop of 5.7%. Once again this compares unfavorably to strong gains in both the S&P 500 (up 13.0% year-over-year) and the NASDAQ (up 39.6% year-over-year).The sector revenue multiple held steady compared to the year-ago period at 0.6x. However, the sector EBITDA multiple has declined over the past 12 months from 8.5x to 7.4x.