FOCUS Government, Aerospace, and Defense Quarterly

Download the Government, Aerospace and Defense Group’s Spring 2019 Report

The latest issue of the FOCUS Government, Aerospace, and Defense Group Report — highlighting aerospace and defense — is now available. The new GAD Report includes:
  • Major Q1 2019 Deals in the GAD Sector
  • Performance: S&P 500 vs. GAD
  • GOVERNMENT Sector Q1 2019
  • AEROSPACE Sector Q1 2019
  • DEFENSE Sector Q1 2019
  • Selected GAD Transactions Q1 2019
  • M&A Activity in the GAD Sector
  • Recent FOCUS GAD Transactions
FOCUS Healthcare and Life Sciences Report

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Featured in this Issue

Elderly Home Care Goes Digital

Supplied by Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), European Commission, May 31, 2018*
For the elderly with cognitive impairment, living alone can prove detrimental to their health. Assistance services can provide appropriate discreet support for independent living and a high life quality.

M&A Transaction Support – Analyst

Analyst position at national middle market investment bank focusing on transaction and business development support. Hourly, part-time (could transition to full-time), competitive pay and flexible schedule. Ideal opportunity for mid-career professional returning to the workforce – flexibility on location.
Telecom Business Services Quarterly

Download the FOCUS Telecom Business Services Quarterly: Spring 2019 Report

In public markets, the FOCUS Telecom Business Services Index (TBSI) roared back after a disappointing winter reporting period to post a strong gain in the spring. The sector was up 14.7% in the last three months, which outperformed the 13.1% gain in the S&P 500 but trailed the 16.5% gain in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time period. For the 12 month period, the sector is up 17.2%. This gain handily outperformed gains in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ of 7.3% and 9.4%, respectively. Sector multiples ended the period at levels that were roughly consistent with this same time last year. The sector revenue multiple remained unchanged at 0.4x, while the sector EBITDA multiple ticked up slightly from 8.7x to 9.2x.

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 Price’s Collision Centers in its Sale to Caliber Collision

Price's Collision Centers has been acquired by Caliber Collision 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 Price’s Collision Centers of Nashville, TN has been acquired by Caliber Holdings Corporation of Lewisville, TX. FOCUS represented Price’s Collision Centers in this transaction.

FOCUS Investment Banking Represents United Technology Group, LLC in its Acquisition by Coretelligent, a Portfolio Company of Veronis Suhler Stevenson

United Technology Group (UTG) has been acquired by Coretelligent, a portfolio company of Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS) Washington, DC, (April 3, 2019) – FOCUS Investment Banking, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture, and corporate finance services, announced today that United Technology Group, LLC (UTG) has been acquired by Coretelligent, a portfolio company of Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS). FOCUS represented UTG in this transaction.

Rick Thomas Named FOCUS Chief Executive Officer and Doug Rodgers Becomes Firm Chairman

Washington, DC, (March 28, 2019) – FOCUS Investment Banking, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance advisory services, announced today that Rick Thomas has been named Chief Executive Officer while Doug Rodgers is named the firm’s Chairman.

2018 was a pivotal year for FOCUS. The firm transitioned to an ESOP form of ownership at the same time it experienced the most productive year in its history. After 17 years as CEO, the timing was perfect for Doug Rodgers to become Chairman of FOCUS as the Board names Rick Thomas the firm’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP)

Is Now the Right Time to Consider an ESOP?

FOCUS adopted an ESOP, an employee stock ownership plan, form of corporate structure late last year. We decided to implement an ESOP as it afforded our partners an opportunity to redeem their capital accounts, but kept our existing organization intact without any changes to our culture, organization, benefit plans or management team. In effect, the ESOP allowed us to maintain our business model and procedures exactly the same as prior to the transaction. In so doing, FOCUS joined nearly 7,000 other companies who have made the decision to establish an ESOP.