Category: Corporate Governance

What Does Pinterest’s New CEO Mean for Google?

What Does Pinterest’s New CEO Mean for Google?

Pinterest has a new CEO. Google needs to simplify its Payments strategy. The two are related. On June 4th we wrote (article HERE), that Google's Payments strategy is confusing given the company's three-pronged approach to consumer-facing payment apps - Google Pay, G-Pay and Google Wallet. Much of our surprise was due to the fact that … Continue reading What Does Pinterest’s New CEO Mean for Google?

The Cost of Debt Rises

The Cost of Debt Rises

Management Teams Have Less Discretionary Capital as The Cost of Debt Rises As the cost of debt rises, management teams have less discretionary capital to allocate toward growth initiatives and various sources of competitive differentiation (Product Development for example). Belt tightening will be required as corporate America braces for the new normal of higher input … Continue reading The Cost of Debt Rises

Junk Sinks To The Bottom of The River

Junk Sinks To The Bottom of The River

Shares of junk companies such as American Airlines (AAL) and General Electric (GE) are back where they traded during the COVID doldrums. What was gained by bailing out these shit companies or the thousands of zombie companies that received COVID relief money? All of that wasted capital - trillions of dollars - that was printed … Continue reading Junk Sinks To The Bottom of The River

“G” Matters. Throw Out The “ES”.

“G” Matters. Throw Out The “ES”.

If we have said it once we have said it a thousand times: "G" is what matters in ESG investing. The "G" stands for Governance. Nothing is more determinant to a company's success than the people who lead that company, beginning with the CEO (which of course is the reason why we started CEORater 5 … Continue reading “G” Matters. Throw Out The “ES”.

Focus On Quality Management Teams

Focus On Quality Management Teams

As equity valuations pull back and recession looms investors ought to take cover by investing in industry-leading companies led by quality management teams. The universe of such investment opportunities can't be identified by PE or cash flow multiples, dividend yields or the like. While valuation metrics are a decent filter (example: I would never pay … Continue reading Focus On Quality Management Teams

Don’t Count On M&A To Bail You Out

Don’t Count On M&A To Bail You Out

CEOs and Institutional Investors should not count on strategic acquirers or PE firms to bail out underperforming stocks (or private company holdings for that matter). Not only is the cost of capital significantly higher for would-be acquirers, but target company revenue and profitability forecasts have substantially less visibility and therefore more risk today than they … Continue reading Don’t Count On M&A To Bail You Out

Boeing Requires An Overhaul

Boeing Requires An Overhaul

Boeing (BA) senior management and Board requires an overhaul. We first wrote that Boeing ought to replace its CEO and Board back in September 2020 and as recently as February 2021, well before Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary voiced his opinion. Boeing is a Technology company that would do well to look to the Technology sector … Continue reading Boeing Requires An Overhaul

The Next Government Regulation to Hit Earnings

The Next Government Regulation to Hit Earnings

The SEC estimates that climate disclosures will cost small cap companies approximately $420,000 per year on average and $530,000 for larger public companies. The winners will be law firms, accounting firms and the SEC at the expense of companies. It is logical that this type of punitive legislation and time-consuming disclosure will push out IPO … Continue reading The Next Government Regulation to Hit Earnings

Corporate Boards Need To Be Overhauled

Corporate Boards Need To Be Overhauled

Corporate Governance practices are flawed in our view as it relates to independent Board members. Corporate Boards are littered with outsiders who know little about the industry or the company for which they serve on the Board. My view has always been that smart investors bet on Management Teams. I would prefer a Board that … Continue reading Corporate Boards Need To Be Overhauled