Internal combustion engines (ICEs) have been around for more than 100 years, and despite a surge of competition from electric vehicles (EVs), they are still highly relevant and will likely remain so for a long time to come.
Washington, DC, (February 13, 2023) – FOCUS Investment Banking (“FOCUS”), a leading national middle market investment banking firm providing M&A services, is pleased to announce that Michael McGregor, Managing Director, has released the second edition of his book, Buy, Build, Fix, Sell. The new edition, written to help tire & service dealers build better businesses, …
After losing more than 25% in our fall report, the FOCUS Communications Service Provider Index (CSPI) turned things around and managed to deliver a three-month gain of 10.0%. This was better than the three-month gain for the S&P 500 of 7.1% and far superior to the 1.0% loss in the NASDAQ. Even so, the CSPI’s year-over-year performance remains dismal with a drop of 34.3%. This underperformed both the 19.4% loss in the S&P 500 as well as the 33.1% drop in the NASDAQ over the 12-month period. Sub sector multiples also dropped considerably compared to this time last year, falling from 2.7x revenue
and 7.6x EBITDA a year ago to 2.2x revenue and 6.2x EBITDA currently.
Middle market business fundamentals remain strong, although some companies are starting to show caution. Revenue growth and hiring have been robust, although companies continue to face challenges in finding skilled workers. There remains a strong appetite for quality deals as valuations have declined slightly. Private equity firms still have about $1 trillion of “dry powder” and appear impatient to put some of that to work. M&A volume moderated slightly in the second half of 2022 and appears unlikely to duplicate 2021’s record pace, but is on track for another strong year.