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FOCUS Investment Banking Named #1 Lower Middle Market M&A Advisor In Q2 2023​

Washington, DC, (July 27, 2023) – FOCUS Investment Banking (“FOCUS”) a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture, and corporate finance services, is thrilled to announce its exceptional achievement of being named #1 on Axial’s second quarter 2023 lower middle market investment bank league table. This prestigious recognition comes as a testament …

In a Challenging Environment, Seize Opportunities to Grow

As economic headwinds continue to squeeze the food & beverage industry, business owners may feel inclined to hit pause on growth and maintain the status quo. However, owners that approach challenging market conditions as an opportunity to grow can reap the rewards, including increasing topline growth and margins. If an exit strategy is part of …


Building a Moat: Part II

In Part I of this series we talked about what it means to have a “moat” around a business – and what that looks like from the perspective of those on the outside: customers, competitors, vendors, partners and even acquirers. Using a couple of industry examples, we highlighted how companies have improved their position in …

FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Spring 2023 Report

After posting a solid gain in our winter report, the FOCUS Carrier-Focused Telecom Technology Index (CFTTI) dropped 2.2% in our spring reporting period. This was slightly better than the 2.7% drop in the S&P 500, but worse than the 0.1% decline in the NASDAQ. The EFTTI is also down nearly 14% compared to this time last year. Over this time period, the EFTTI lagged the 9.2% decline in the S&P 500 but outperformed the 16.7% drop in the NASDAQ. Sector multiples are also lower than they were at this time last year. The sub sector revenue multiple dropped sharply from 2.5x to 2.1x, while the sector EBITDA multiple posted a more modest decline as it fell from 11.9x to 10.6x.
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FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Quarterly: Winter 2023 Report

The FOCUS Enterprise-Focused Telecom Technology Index (EFTTI) experienced another disappointing reporting period with a three-month drop of 2.4%. This loss was in stark contrast to the broader indices as the S&P 500 and NASDAQ were up 5.3% and 5.4%, respectively. The EFTTI is also trading 19.0% below the levels of a year ago. This significantly underperformed the 9.7% loss in the S&P 500 but was roughly in line with the 18.7% decline in the NASDAQ. Sector multiples closed out the period at 4.6x revenue and 19.5x EBITDA. Both of these are lower than the corresponding multiples of a year ago of 6.1x revenue and 23.4x EBITDA.