News & Insights

FOCUS Investment Banking Represents Herb’s Paint & Body in its Sale to Caliber Collision

Washington, DC, (August 2, 2019) – FOCUS Investment Banking, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture, and corporate finance services, with a specialty in the automotive services sector, announced today that Herb’s Paint & Body of Dallas, TX has been acquired by Caliber Collision. FOCUS represented Herb’s Paint & Body in …

The Endless Summer of M&A?

Over fifty years ago in the late 1960’s filmmaker Bruce Brown gave us his cult classic surfer documentary The Endless Summer. The film chronicles the journey of two young professional surfers who circumnavigate the globe chasing summer through both the northern and southern hemispheres in search of the elusive “perfect wave.”

As we enter the summer of 2019, the comparison to the M&A market today seems appropriate. Are we in the “endless summer” of super charged M&A activity and valuations? We have been experiencing an almost unseen level of M&A activity over the past four years and one can’t help but ask….when (not if) will it end?

FOCUS Investment Banking Announces Bob Maiden Joins FOCUS as a Managing Director and Adds Human Capital Management as an Industry Specialty

Washington, DC, (July 2, 2019) – FOCUS Investment Banking, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture, and corporate finance services, announced today that Bob Maiden will join the firm as a Managing Director and the Human Capital Management Team Leader, adding this sector to the firm’s list of key vertical specialties that now include Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive, Capital Financing, Energy, Government/Aerospace/Defense, Healthcare, Human Capital Management, Technology and Telecom.

FOCUS Investment Banking Represents HL Precision Manufacturing in its Combination with Hi-Grade Welding to form H3 Manufacturing Group

HL Precision Manufacturing, Inc. has merged with Hi-Grade Welding & Manufacturing, LLC to form H3 Manufacturing Group, LLC. Financing was provided by CFB and Aldine. FOCUS Investment Banking, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture, and corporate finance services, announced today that HL Precision Manufacturing, Inc. (HL) with facilities in Champaign and Fisher, Illinois, and Hi-Grade Welding & Mfg, LLC (Hi-Grade) based in Schaumburg, Illinois, have combined by creating a common parent company to be known as H3 Manufacturing Group, LLC.

Expanding the Climate for Middle Market M&A Success in 2019

As many FOCUS colleagues know, the firm celebrated its third consecutive record-breaking year in 2018, closing 28 deals across 10 industry segments. As we approach the first half of 2019, we continue to demonstrate our proven expertise, both across the wide range of sectors we cover, and in the depth of strategic services we deliver on behalf of our clients. Plus, first quarter 2019 results prove dealmakers see plenty of solid reasons for optimism for the remaining three quarters.

FOCUS Investment Banking Represents Accumark, Inc., in its Acquisition by Hoffman Southwest

FOCUS Investment Banking, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture, and corporate finance services, announced that Accumark, Inc., Pipe Vision, LLC, and Benchmark VA LLC Subsurface Utility Services (collectively “Accumark”) have been acquired by Hoffman Southwest (HSW), a rapidly growing portfolio company of ORIX Capital Partners, that provides water flow inspection, repair, and cleaning services. FOCUS represented Accumark, Inc. in this transaction.

Growing to the Next Level—Rainmaker LISBON Summit 2019

The 30th M&A Worldwide Rainmaker LISBON Summit, held April 4-5 in Lisbon, Portugal included 278 people from 40 countries—breaking all previous attendance records for the prestigious event.

Like the MIAMI Summit hosted by FOCUS in November 2018—as well as previous Summits in Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, New Delhi, Warsaw, and Shanghai—the LISBON Summit united corporate deal makers from across the globe, stimulating discussion around ongoing transactions, as well as the latest trends in research, deal software, and process management.

ESOP from an Adopter’s View

It is very likely that you have been approached by advisors over the years suggesting you consider selling your business to an ESOP, an employee stock ownership plan. Interestingly enough, FOCUS recently adopted an ESOP in December 2018 to execute our own long-term transition plans, and we thought our perspective on this ownership structure (as both an advisor and recent adoptee) might be helpful to you.

FOCUS Investment Banking Represents Atomic Auto Body in Sale to Gerber Collision and Glass

Atomic Auto Body and Detail, Inc. has been acquired by Gerber Collision and Glass Washington, DC, (April 9, 2019) – FOCUS Investment Banking, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture, and corporate finance services, with a specialty in the automotive services sector, announced today that Atomic Auto Body has been sold to Gerber Collision and Glass. FOCUS represented Atomic Auto Body in this transaction.