Category: Corporate Governance

Q2’20 Insider Sales Activity

Q2’20 Insider Sales Activity

We selected 62 companies from our CEORater database - primarily Technology companies - to understand which companies had the most insider buying and selling activity during Q2. We then sorted those companies such that the top of the list consists of companies with the most Q2 insider sales activity. Click the image below to access … Continue reading Q2’20 Insider Sales Activity

Binging On Buybacks At Innovation’s Expense

Binging On Buybacks At Innovation’s Expense

Short-term greed has gripped some of the world's largest Technology companies. A number of CEOs and Boards are guilty of trading long-term innovation and customer value for short-term share price support. Innovative companies (we provide examples), have bucked the buyback trend. Record high corporate debt levels have funded record share buyback activity in recent years. … Continue reading Binging On Buybacks At Innovation’s Expense

Earnings Summary: A Rational Approach To “Guidance”

Earnings Summary: A Rational Approach To “Guidance”

We were recently critical of companies that decided to completely withdraw their financial outlook given the economic uncertainty that has resulted from the ongoing COVID virus. The good news is that a number of companies are providing financial outlooks, albeit they are taking a conservative approach (which is entirely logical from our perspective). We reviewed … Continue reading Earnings Summary: A Rational Approach To “Guidance”

Earnings Season Thus Far: Lack of Color & Backbone

Earnings Season Thus Far: Lack of Color & Backbone

Earnings calls thus far have struck a similar tone XYZ CEO: "Let me begin by saying our thoughts are with..."XYZ CEO: "We are grateful for the opportunity to delight our customers during this difficult time. We got off to a good start in the months of January and February as we experienced healthy year-over-year growth. … Continue reading Earnings Season Thus Far: Lack of Color & Backbone

CVS Health: An Example of Ineffective Executive Compensation Management

CVS Health: An Example of Ineffective Executive Compensation Management

CVS Health (ticker: CVS) provides an example of ineffective executive compensation management. Compensation should reward past performance and encourage behavior that drives desired future results. CEO total compensation growth should not outpace revenue growth nor operating cash flow growth over time. We prefer operating cash flow as a performance metric over Adjusted EBITDA as some … Continue reading CVS Health: An Example of Ineffective Executive Compensation Management

Are GDP & CEO Turnover Related?

Are GDP & CEO Turnover Related?

We discovered a weak-to-moderate correlation between the year-over-year percentage change in GDP and the year-over-year percentage change in CEO Turnover at Fortune 1000 companies. We examined GDP and CEO Turnover at quarterly increments from Q1 2009 through Q4 2019. We treated CEO Turnover as the dependent variable and GDP as the independent variable. CLICK HERE … Continue reading Are GDP & CEO Turnover Related?

Cheap Debt: The Gift that Kept on Giving

Cheap Debt: The Gift that Kept on Giving

Policy makers have held interest rates artificially low since the 2008 financial crisis. This unnatural act - preventing interest rates from finding a natural equilibrium - made it difficult for investors to find yield and equity market valuations ballooned as a result. The cheap debt train has pulled into the station. (See the debt issuance … Continue reading Cheap Debt: The Gift that Kept on Giving