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FOCUS Investment Banking Announces FOCUS Sale Preparation Advisory Service

FOCUS Investment Banking, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture, and corporate finance services, announced a new service offering – FOCUS Sale Preparation (FSP) Advisory Service. This service will help business owners get ready for a transaction. Jeb Connor has joined FOCUS as a Managing Director to lead this team.
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E-Commerce Global News Quick Takes

Cross-border e-commerce expected to reach nearly $5 trillion by 2026

The global cross-border business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce market is expected to grow by more than six-fold, from $780 billion in 2019 to more than $4.8 trillion by 2026, according to a new report from Facts and Factors Research. That’s a cumulative average growth rate of about …

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Automation Is Coming to Your Machine Shop. Are You Ready?

The FOCUS Advanced Manufacturing team recently returned from our trip to the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Our main takeaway from the gathering can probably be summed up in one word—Automation.

When you think of automation, you usually think of large manufacturing plants, like an automobile assembly plant, with hundreds of robotic arms installing …

FOCUS Telecom U.S. Communications Service Provider Quarterly: Fall 2022 Report

Things went from bad to worse for the FOCUS Communications Service Provider Index (CSPI) this period as the sector plummeted 25.6%. This decline was significantly steeper than both the 5.3% decline in the S&P 500 and the 4.1% decline in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time period. The situation is also bleak for the full year period with the sector down slightly more than 45% over the past 12 months. Once again, this drastically underperformed the returns in the S&P 500 (down 16.8%) and the NASDAQ (down 26.8%). Sector multiples continued to fall, ending the period at 2.1x revenue and 6.0x EBITDA. This compares unfavorably to year-ago multiples of 2.9x revenue and 8.2x EBITDA.
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FOCUS Expands into Europe

FOCUS Investment Banking (“FOCUS”) headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced that it has combined resources with Focus Capital Partners (“Focus CP”) headquartered in Dublin, Ireland to form an international M&A services platform. The trans-Atlantic firm provides sell-side, buy-side and capital raising services to companies operating in the lower middle market across the U.S. and Europe.
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What the CHIPS Act Could Mean for U.S. PCB and EMS Manufacturers

The recently passed CHIPS Act and the introduction of the Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards (SAPCB) Act are promising developments, with the CHIPS Act providing $52 billion for semiconductor manufacturing incentives and research investments, plus the proposed $3 billion to support PCB and EMS production via SAPCB.