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.

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.

Download the FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Spring 2019 Report

In Public Markets, the FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Index (CFTTI) once again delivered both a positive return and handily outperformed the broader indices. For our spring reporting period, the CFTTI jumped an impressive 9.9%, while the S&P 500 gained only 0.9% and the NASDAQ gained only 2.8%. The CFTTI is also well ahead of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ over the last 12 months. The CFTTI is up 14.6% over the past year, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ are up only 2.6% and 3.6%, respectively…

Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly

Download the FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Winter 2019 Report

In Public Markets, for the second straight reporting period the Focus Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI) delivered a positive return despite losses in the broader markets. The 3.4% return for the EFTTI over the past three months compares favorably to the 0.3% decline in both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ over the same time period.

FOCUS Investment Banking Represents Cyber Security firm Kivu Consulting, Inc. in its Recapitalization by Bow River Capital

Kivu Consulting has been recapitalized by Bow River Capital Partners

Washington, DC, (February 12, 2019) – FOCUS Investment Banking, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture, and corporate finance services, announced today that Kivu Consulting, Inc. has been acquired by Bow River Capital. FOCUS represented Kivu Consulting in this transaction.

Since 2009, Kivu Consulting has provided incident response, risk management and …