Category: Corporate Governance

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

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Advice to CEO’s: Pick One. It May Save Your Job

Advice to CEO’s: Pick One. It May Save Your Job

Elliot Management is moving to acquire Board seats at Twitter. CEO Jack Dorsey would have done well to have followed our December 2017 advice offered in the TEK2day article: "Distracted CEOs and CEO Overreach." Our position has always been that CEOs have a fiduciary responsibility to shareholders in that they owe 100% of their focus … Continue reading Advice to CEO’s: Pick One. It May Save Your Job

Disney’s Sudden CEO Change – What Does It Foreshadow?

Disney’s Sudden CEO Change – What Does It Foreshadow?

Disney CEO Bob Iger stepped down from his CEO post effective immediately and will remain Executive Chairman through December 2021. Bob Chapek has been named Chief Executive Officer. Our expectation was that Kevin Mayer - Chairman Direct-to-Consumer & International - would be named Mr. Iger's successor. Does this abrupt CEO change foreshadow a larger transaction? … Continue reading Disney’s Sudden CEO Change – What Does It Foreshadow?

The Most Queried CEOs on CEORater

The Most Queried CEOs on CEORater

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

Why Does Jes Staley Remain Barclays CEO?

Why Does Jes Staley Remain Barclays CEO?

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?

Insider Selling & Share Repurchases – A Corporate Governance Problem

Insider Selling & Share Repurchases – A Corporate Governance Problem

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

CVS Health, Aetna Post-Deal Integration Hiccups

CVS Health, Aetna Post-Deal Integration Hiccups

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 Names New CEO – Thomas Gottstein

Credit Suisse Names New CEO – Thomas Gottstein

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

Operating Cash Flow & Executive Compensation

Operating Cash Flow & Executive Compensation

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

CEORater CEO Churn Report

CEORater CEO Churn Report

We analyzed a sample of 30 public companies that experienced CEO Churn over the past 12 months. The companies covered 15 industry verticals.Of the 30 observations, 13 CEO transitions were “Planned” and 17 were “Unplanned”.Companies ranged in size from approximately $1 billion market cap to $989 billion.To access the full 36 page report Click HERE.Reach … Continue reading CEORater CEO Churn Report