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Investment Flows in Photonics

Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar®

Although Photonics has been at the core of many modern day inventions and economic growth for decades now, the environment for photonics technology and component providers remains highly fragmented and fiercely competitive.  However, for the first year since 2012 when Ceres started tracking M&A and private placement activity, photonics technology companies are realizing higher valuations than their OEM customers and end-users further up the value chain.

For a global perspective, join us January 30 at Photonics West in San Francisco, CA when Linda Smith will explore how and why strategic and private equity investments are flowing into photonics businesses.

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Private Equity and Venture Capital Investments in Photonics

Highlights from 2016

Photonics is the science and technology of generating, controlling, and detecting photons, which are particles of light. The 21st century will depend as much on photonics as the 20th century depended on electronics. A core enabling technology, photonics applications include: drug discovery and early diagnosis of disease, cell phone displays, energy-saving LED lighting, solar energy, fiber optic communications networks, and more.

In 2016, more than $30billion of the $725billion in private placements worldwide goes to work commercializing photonics technology and scaling businesses with core enabling technology in photonics - virtual and augmented reality, 3-D printing, point-of-care medical diagnostics, machine vision and robotics, drones and autonomous vehicles.

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SPIE Photonics Start-Up Challenge

Best-of-the-Best New Photonics Businesses

SPIE Startup Challenge is a high-stakes, global competition where entrepreneurs in photonics have just 5 minutes each to pitch their businesses to a team of expert judges and vie for $100,000.  Join Linda Smith who will be judging the final round February 1 at Photonics West in San Francisco, 3:30 to 6:00PM, concluding with a networking reception.  This is a fantastic opportunity to meet entrepreneurs, strategic investors, and local Silicon Valley venture capital and angel investors.

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NOW AVAILABLE - M&A and Private Placement Transaction Data

Transaction Detail for Strategic Buyers & Sellers

Whether you are buying, selling, or planning - access to relevant, current, and accurate information is critical.  CERES offers transaction data from its database of M&A and private placement transactions for target companies employing photonics technologies.  It includes access to more than 10,000 M&A and private placement transactions, detailed target company descriptions, comprehensive deal comments, valuation multiples, and more.  And is segmented by industry and market for quickly finding relevant information.

Transaction detail is delivered electronically in Excel spreadsheets that may be viewed, searched, and sorted.

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Photonics Industry M&A Activity

Premium Priced Strategic Acquisitions

The Mergers & Acquisitions market for photonics companies and those enabled by photonics remains strong in 2016.  Compared to the M&A market as a whole, average valuation multiples for companies supplying core photonics technologies and components are higher than all manufacturing sectors.

Middle market companies employing photonics to serve a wide breadth of markets, such as Semiconductor Equipment, Virtual and Augmented Reality Displays, Machine Vision, Surveillance & Navigation and Materials & Coatings, are realizing high valuations.

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CERES Photonics Tech Wire

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Subscribe now to stay in the know on deals relevant to your business.  CERES offers a free subscription to Ceres Photonics Tech Wire, a bi-weekly newsfeed on M&A and private placement transactions in the photonics industry and the markets it serves. 

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