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Bi-Weekly Photonics Tech Wire

October 13, 2020
Bi-weekly newsfeed on M&A and private placement transactions in the photonics industry and the markets it serves.

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Bi-Weekly Photonics Tech Wire

September 21, 2020
Bi-weekly newsfeed on M&A and private placement transactions in the photonics industry and the markets it serves.

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2019 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

In the worldwide photonics industry, 2019 was another record year for mergers & acquisitions (M&A) in terms of both deal value and deal volume. However, M&A activity for pure-play photonics companies was down from recent years. Strategic buyers continued to dominate M&A, but financial buyers took an increasing role.

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Photonics in Today’s Transformative Age

Today’s transformative age is blurring the lines between economic sectors, while creating new and unique opportunities to step beyond traditional boundaries.  With this collision of industries, leaders in traditionally defined sectors are seizing opportunities to create new value for their customers and reshape their businesses.

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Foreign Investment in US Photonics Technologies

Significant changes to Committee for Foreign Investment in US (CFIUS) review process expand its jurisdiction to new types of transactions and change the timeline and procedures for seeking approval for a transaction from CFIUS.

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2018 Mergers & Acquisitions – Photonics

Buyers address the challenges of slower growth, an abundance of investment capital, advances in digital technologies and government intervention with M & A.  In addition to consolidation and scaling manufacturing operations in Asia, buyers are acquiring companies employing photonics technologies to open new markets, enhance capabilities and implement new business models.

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2018 Private Placements – Photonics

$29B of $822B private placements worldwide goes to work commercializing and growing businesses with core photonics technology.  Communications, LED's, and solar attract the most investment.  Autonomous vehicles, 3D sensing, point-of-care medical diagnostics and AI powered imaging see the most activity.  With exception of smart architectural glass, investment in pure-play photonics lags.

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Crafting Financing & Fund Raising Strategies

Whether you are an entrepreneur starting-up or the leader of an established business, a solid understanding of the available sources of capital and today's expected rate of return for capital is the fundamental step in crafting a financing and fund raising strategy.

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Raising Capital on Acceptable Terms

Precise practices vary between individual investors or lenders in a given category and change with market conditions. Identifying appropriate sources of capital and developing a fund raising strategy to tap them depends on knowing what kinds of investments investors and lenders are seeking.

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Valuing International Businesses

Understanding today's country-specific cost of equity capital alongside industry dynamics help business valuation professionals advise clients in making better international investing, financing, and buy/sell decisions. A business identical in every way except the country in that it operates is valued differently by a buyer or investor depending on where that business operates. A buyer expects a higher return in exchange for the higher risk when acquiring a company that operates in a country that has higher financial, economic and/or political risk.

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