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Photonics Industry M&A Activity

Premium Priced Strategic Acquisitions & Consolidation

Given well-capitalized strategic buyers with large cash reserves, a better financing environment for private equity, and an improved macro-environment, M&A activity in 2014 is predicted even more robust than in the past two years. In the photonics industry and vertical market segments employing its technologies as core differentiators, trends of consolidation and premium priced strategic acquisitions persist into 2014.

So far this year, a handful of lower middle market companies with strong IP portfolios realize premium valuations from strategic buyers. Selah Genomics, Airinov, Plextronics, and Fusion IP lead the pack with Enterprise Value/Revenues multiples from 20x to 128x.

Multibillion-dollar deals are inked by Thermo Fisher Scientific, The Carlyle Group, Corning, and Facebook - strategic buyers consolidating medical diagnostics businesses, extending into new Gorilla Glass markets, and future proofing a social media platform.

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Countless Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing

Photonics Enables World Change in Product Development & Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, is an innovation grounded in photonics. It is a process for making a physical object from a 3D digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material. The technology is diffusing from prototyping to large scale manufacturing of final parts. Today, early adopters including GE, Siemens, Google/Motorola, and Boeing are 3D printing intricate, high mix, low volume, and weight-sensitive final parts.

With access to private and public capital, market leaders in Additive Manufacturing cross the chasm to rapid growth via acquisitions and strategic partnerships. In the last 24 months, more than $200million and $1billion in private placements and public offerings go to work commercializing technology and scaling development stage and high growth Additive Manufacturing businesses.

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Automated Optical Inspection and Light Measurement Systems Provider Seeks Acquisitions

Cameras, Spectrometers, Colorimeters, Scatterometers, Sensors

Leading global provider of process control and R&D metrology systems is seeking to acquire profitable complementary businesses and product lines with annual revenues of $5million or greater for systems businesses and $25million or greater for components or materials businesses.

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