Auctus Capital Partners is pleased to announce it has been named a Top Investment Bank from Axial, a private deal network serving professionals who own, advise, and invest in North American lower middle market companies.
The ranking places Auctus in the Top 20 with a score of .93 in Axial’s League Table with surface data on investment banks to reveal their selectivity, relative attractiveness of their client’s businesses, and their overall sell-side process efficacy. The investment banks at the top are those who work with the most in-demand clients; balance breadth, selectivity, and accuracy in the buyers they engage; and generate the largest number of positive outcomes for their clients (for detailed methodology, see the end of this feature).
“We are excited and thankful for the recognition our leadership has earned as we continue to support clients,” said Muhammad Azfar, Managing Partner of Auctus Capital Partners. “Today’s lower middle market businesses require unique, integrated approaches to manage increasingly complex needs and achieve favorable outcomes that maximize value and create steady growth.”
Axial |April 15, 2021
We are excited to release Axial’s Q1 2021 Lower Middle Market Investment Banking League Tables.
Our investment banking league tables rank sell-side M&A advisors based on their Axial activity, incorporating three core M&A advisory attributes: client quality, buy-side targeting, and deal process effectiveness (for detailed methodology, see the end of this feature).
The Q1 2021 league tables also celebrate and acknowledge those advisors who successfully enabled the lower middle market’s entrepreneurs to come back to market following a year of unprecedented hardship. After sharply declining in Q2 2020, deal volume on Axial continued to consistently increase quarter-over-quarter, culminating in Q1 of this year, which posted the strongest deal volume number on the platform since 2016 (up 27% YoY).
733 investment banks brought deals to market using Axial in Q1.
See the full list of the Top 20 Investment Banks on Axial here.
League Table Methodology
Unlike traditional league table structures that have remained the same for years, with firms being assessed against deal volume and deal dollar volume, Axial league tables surface data on investment banks that reveal their selectivity, the relative attractiveness of their client’s businesses, and their overall sell-side process efficacy. The investment banks at the top of the Axial League Table are leaders across the following three categories:
- Client Quality: Buy-side demand for engagements represented by the advisor
- Buy-Side Targeting: The advisor’s ability to balance selectivity, accuracy, and breadth when identifying potential buyers
- Process Effectiveness: The advisor’s ability to generate positive outcomes for their client Axial League Table data incorporates and includes:
- Overall Deal Relevance: How many buy-side mandates (financial and strategic) align with the advisor’s engagements?
- Process Selectivity: How broad or narrow are the advisors’ sell-side processes relative to their peers?
- Signed NDAs: How many buyers indicate interest in each of the advisor’s engagements, measured by the number of signed NDAs.
- Buyer Referrals: Feedback we receive from buyers regarding the manner in which the advisor manages their processes.
- Closed Deals: How many deals has the advisor closed where they involved one or more Axial buyers in the process?
Together, the Top 20 Investment Banks are those who work with the most in-demand clients; balance breadth, selectivity, and accuracy in the buyers they engage; and generate the largest number of positive outcomes for their clients.