Unless your name is Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google or Microsoft, it is best to pursue vertical go-to-market and product strategies. Only the previously mentioned Technology giants have the requisite scale to take a horizontal approach. We provide examples of "Vertical Leaders" and "At-Risk Horizontal Players". Tickers mentioned: ACN, AMZN, AAPL, AVGO, BOX, CCC, CRM, CSCO, … Continue reading Go Vertical or Go HomePremium
Month: February 2020
We reviewed the most queried CEOs on CEORater.com over the past 12 months. The following is a list of the 20 Most Queried CEOs. Click HERE to access our interactive PowerPoint file.Click HERE to access the interactive PDF version. https://soundcloud.com/ceorater
The SEC's proposal to improve stock-price data available to the public is a step to further democratize financial market data. This weakens the position held by incumbent market data providers such as Bloomberg, FactSet (FDS), Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), S&P Global (SPGI), The London Stock Exchange/Refinitiv (LSE) and others. The SEC's proposal could be a precursor … Continue reading Financial Market Data: Ripe For Disruption
Lost amidst the drama around Jes Staley's ties to convicted (deceased) sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is Staley's poor performance as Barclays CEO. This speaks to Barclays' weak Board of Directors and lack of corporate governance. One need look no further than the numbers. Barclays has under-performed during Staley's tenure. Staley was groomed by JP Morgan … Continue reading Why Does Jes Staley Remain Barclays CEO?
We believe the answer is "YES". We believe that cryptocurrencies will turbocharge online marketplaces during the next 10 years. For this reason we believe companies that have planted a cryptocurrency flag will look to acquire online marketplaces which can be "crypto-enabled." Thus, we peg the probability of an EBAY sale in 2020 at 80%. Intercontinental … Continue reading Will Cryptocurrencies Turbocharge Online Marketplaces?
It is a corporate governance problem when insiders sell shares in the face of share repurchase programs. Take the example of Copart (ticker: CPRT). CPRT insiders have not purchased any shares over the past several years, yet they have done plenty of selling. Further, CPRT share repurchases helped support the stock while insiders sold (see … Continue reading Insider Selling & Share Repurchases – A Corporate Governance Problem
It ought to be an interesting earnings call next week for CVS Health (ticker: CVS). Former Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini resigned from CVS Health's Board of Directors last night. Bertolini told the Wall Street Journal that the CVS Health / Aetna post-deal integration is far from over - a statement that contradicts CVS Health CEO … Continue reading CVS Health, Aetna Post-Deal Integration Hiccups
Credit Suisse named Thomas Gottstein CEO earlier this morning after previous CEO Tidjane Thiam resigned in the wake of the firm's spying scandal. Gottstein has been a Credit Suisse executive since 1999 having worked across a variety of capital markets and banking functions. Click HERE if you missed our CEORater CEO Churn Report. https://twitter.com/CreditSuisse/status/1225661753360445440?s=20
We liked The ICE (ticker: ICE) as a potential acquirer of Bloomberg LP. News that The ICE moved to acquire eBay is consistent with ICE founder & CEO Jeff Sprecher's affinity for "exchange" / "marketplace" type businesses. The deal could carry a $30 billion value per the Wall Street Journal. EBAY shares are up 9% … Continue reading eBay for The ICE?
Operating Cash Flow growth is a meaningful metric. We believe it should be factored into executive compensation models. Operating Cash Flow matters. Public companies factor annual Revenue growth and EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization), or "Adjusted" EBITDA growth into executive compensation plans. We recommend adding Operating Cash Flow ("OCF") growth to the … Continue reading Operating Cash Flow & Executive Compensation