We recently wrote about the "Speculation Era" in Tech stocks. It doesn't have to be this way. Institutional investors don't have a gun to their heads forcing them to chase performance in companies such as TSLA and SNOW. Yet many are doing just that, throwing time-tested investment principles out the window. Many justify their outrageously … Continue reading The Valuation Circus Is In Town
The "Best" is such a subjective descriptor. However, if pressed to select the best operating CEO our vote would go to Amazon founder & CEO Jeff Bezos. A sure fire bet to be a first ballot Hall of Famer in CEORater's CEO Hall of Fame. Amazon is perhaps the most practical of the Technology giants. … Continue reading The World’s Best Operator
Given Snowflake's rich valuation, it may be time for Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft to spin-off GCP, AWS and Azure. Snowflake priced its IPO yesterday and the stock closed up 112% to $253.93 for a valuation of approximately $70 billion. Assuming calendar year 2020 revenue of $500 million implies a MV/Revenue multiple of 140x. The combination … Continue reading Time to Spin-Off AWS, Azure and GCP
Two head-scratching Technology deals. Oracle's TikTok deal appears to be smoke and mirrors while GM's due diligence on its Nikola deal appears to be surface-level at best. Both wreak of desperation. Oracle's TikTok deal is high on sizzle, low on substance. Assuming the Oracle/TikTok deal receives U.S. government approval and ultimately closes (we are not … Continue reading Questionable M&A Strategy (Oracle) and Due Diligence (GM)
When it comes to Technology stocks we are firmly in the Speculation Era. It is likely to stay that way for the near-term. October earnings calls may provide a bump in the road. Looming corporate tax increases will likely put an end to the bubble. The combination of Trump tax cuts and the recent fiscal … Continue reading The Tech Stock Speculation Era
Powell is a paper-loving, paper-printing Fed Chair. Powell has never hesitated to print his way out of a tough spot. We predict that should the equity markets roll over another 10-15 percentage points Powell and his band of merry Federal Reserve Board members will seek to support the equity markets with Equity ETF purchases. Tickers … Continue reading Powell Is A Paper Fed Chair. That’s Good News for Stocks.
We ran a screen on our Capital Markets FinTech universe. The query returned companies that traded below a 20x multiple as measured by Enterprise Value ("EV") to Run Rate Operating Cash Flow ("OCF"). Run Rate OCF is defined as OCF in the most recent quarter multiplied by four. Tickers mentioned: BR, ICE, MORN, NDAQ, SSNC, … Continue reading FinTech Companies with Reasonable Valuations
Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, FB, GOOG, MSFT, VMW, TWTR Deep-pocketed companies such as Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have a competitive advantage in the Talent War - especially during the Work-From-Home era. On that front, VMWare and Twitter just shot themselves in the foot. VMWare and Twitter said they will adjust compensation downward for … Continue reading Competing for Employees in the WFH Era
Innovation is the name of the game and I am unable to think of a major bank that has innovated or disrupted the market over the past 20-30 years. Goldman probably comes closest. Goldman's biggest "innovation" was attaching itself to Apple's coat tails. JPMorgan has leveraged AI and other advanced technologies internally. However, JPM has … Continue reading Most Banking CEOs Fail To Innovate. New Citi CEO Jane Fraser May Have Better Luck.
Equity funds continue to experience fund outflows as taxable bond funds enjoy fund inflows. (see table & chart below). A modicum of sanity has crept into the equity markets insofar as Technology names are concerned. High multiple growth names that were driven primarily by speculation and momentum have finally started to pull back over the … Continue reading Equities Continue to Experience Fund Outflows as Technology Stocks Slide