Naim (And Focal) Bought Out
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    Naim (And Focal) Bought Out

    For those who haven't heard...

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    As you may have guessed, Naim owners are very curious as to how this will change the company's future (products, support, etc.).
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    Re: Naim (And Focal) Bought Out

    Interesting
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    Naim (And Focal) Bought Out

    That explains why they were in same room at this weeks Munich show
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    Re: Naim (And Focal) Bought Out

    Indeed. I hope it brings about positive changes (increased exposure, R&D) without major changes to the company vision.

    The new Muso player is made in China, if that means anything to you. I think all previous products were manufactured in the UK.

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    Re: Naim (And Focal) Bought Out

    So, Naim was bought out by Focal a few years ago. What has happened is that the majority owner of Focal, Mr. Mahul I believe, was looking to cash out and this was a way for him to sell to the current management team underneath him with the financial support of the French private equity firm. Think of it as a way for Mahul to monetize his life's work and move on from the company (retaining an advisory role presumably on the speaker side of the business which he built all these years), and allowing the senior management underneath him to take over ownership and take things to the next level.

    What was never clear to me was the original intent behind the Focal acquisition a few years back. Clearly, with the Fine Sounds Group doing similar consolidation of some key brands (originally SF and then added Audio Research, Wadia, McIntosh and Sumiko) there are folks using private equity backing to consolidate platforms.
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    Re: Naim (And Focal) Bought Out

    Naim had some shareholders from when Julian died that didn't want to expand naim. And the focal deal enabled naim to do that and also get r&d monies.

    No clue on this newest buyout
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    Re: Naim (And Focal) Bought Out

    Thank you for the clarification, Cyril & Jock. I wasn't familiar with the details of either move.

    I hope Naim stays the course. Maybe some increased presence in North America.
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