By Douglas E. Rodgers, CEO and Energy Team Leader, FOCUS Investment Banking LLC
A variety of new research reports conclude the fundamentals for healthy dealmaking remain firmly in place, and most believe the worst of the year is over. In fact, it appears U.S. M&A is normalizing and positive results for Q4 may be expected.
Although the numbers for the first half of 2016 were the lowest since 2013, they actually are higher than any first half from 2008 through 2013. Why? Perhaps this is a signal the M&A boom of recent years remains alive and well, if a bit diminished.
The FOCUS IT Team has been extremely busy as 2016 is turning out to be an exceptional year for M&A. This new Report includes:
- IT Market Analysis—Performance: S&P 500 vs. IT
- Company Comparables
- Information Technology Transaction Volume
- M&A Activity in the IT Sector: Selected Transactions Q2 2016
- Recently Closed Transactions
- FOCUS Information Technology Team
The FOCUS team has concluded hundreds of millions in transactions in this industry.
In Public Markets, for the second straight reporting period the FOCUS Telecom Business Services Index (TBSI) both posted an increase and outperformed the broader indices. The TBSI gained 4.5% in our summer reporting period. This compared favorably to both the 1.9% gain in the S&P 500 and the 0.6% drop in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time frame. The picture is similar for the 12-month period, with the TBSI up 9.2% compared to a 1.7% gain in the NASDAQ and a 2.9% loss in the NASDAQ….
M&A activity in the Telecom Business Services sub sector continued to accelerate with 44 transactions for our summer reporting period. Year-to-date this brings us to 83 transactions, which is on pace to beat even the extremely high level of activity that we saw in 2015. In a welcome change of pace, the announced dollar volume of M&A activity also was strong, coming in just shy of $850 million.
Operating nationally and internationally, FOCUS currently is working with buy- and sell-side corporate clients, private equity groups, holding companies, and late stage venture capital firms in 24 areas:
- Advertising and Marketing
- Automotive Services
- Building Materials
- Business Consulting Services
- Business Process Outsourcing
- Call Center Services
- Capital Financing
- Education and Human Capital
- Financial Services
- Government, Aeropsace & Defense
- Healthcare and Life Sciences
- Information Technology
- Parking Services
- Retail Franchising
- Semiconductor Equipment
- Telecom Technologies and Services
- Warehouse Distribution
We have executed dozens of transactions in a range of market segments, but the same fundamentals apply across all of them. Our on-going transaction process provides us with up-to-the-minute market knowledge in these sectors that may be of corporate development interest to you.
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Founded in 1982 in Washington, D.C., FOCUS Investment Banking, LLC provides a range of investment bank services tailored to the needs of middle market businesses and their executives. Today, we are a national firm serving clients from offices in major cities across the United States. FOCUS specializes in serving business units with revenue or transaction sizes between $5 and $300 million, serving entrepreneurs, corporate owners, and various types of investors. FOCUS clients include large corporations and private equity firms that engage the firm for middle market transactions.
FOCUS has achieved a very high close rate on accepted buy side, sell side, and corporate finance mandates because of the unique resources, processes, and perspective that we bring to middle market investment banking. FOCUS has developed a systematic, research driven, open, and proven transaction process. It is the driving force of our firm and distinguishes us from other investment banks serving the middle market.
With extensive investment banking transaction experiences and a group of seasoned operating and financial executives, our firm provides a unique value proposition. We bring a strong operating perspective, a wealth of practical experience, and a proven research and transaction process to our middle market clients. Our knowledgeable resources include seasoned partners, managing directors, principals, senior advisors, research staff, internal databases of national and international contacts, and deal experience in a range of industry sectors.