Category: Financial Services

Don’t Expect M&A Activity to Accelerate Anytime Soon

Don’t Expect M&A Activity to Accelerate Anytime Soon

Based on June quarter earnings call results, management teams have less visibility into Sales pipelines, Revenue forecasts and Profitability in the aggregate than several months ago. This in turn causes would be acquirers to haircut purchase price valuations if not walk away from deals entirely. In the former case, valuation haircuts typically either stall deal … Continue reading Don’t Expect M&A Activity to Accelerate Anytime Soon

LP Fee Verification & Administration as a Service

LP Fee Verification & Administration as a Service

LP’s are increasingly hiring third-party expert firms to verify fees payable to Private Equity managers. When I first read this news I was surprised to learn that many LP’s don’t have an operationalized process around validating management fee schedules and payment processing. Apparently I was naive in thinking that PE managers supplied LPs with a … Continue reading LP Fee Verification & Administration as a Service

CEORater Technology Founder CEO Index Continues to Outperform

CEORater Technology Founder CEO Index Continues to Outperform

Year-to-Date results are in through July 31st 2019 and the CEORater Index outperformed both on an Unweighted and Weighted total return basis. The CEORater Technology Founder CEO Index posted an Unweighted Total Return of 33.1% year-to-date through July 31st 2019 vs. 29.1% for the benchmark (ticker: RYT). Everquote (tkr: EVER) was the top performer on an unweighted basis … Continue reading CEORater Technology Founder CEO Index Continues to Outperform

When Evaluating Institutional Investors Ferraris Are A Red Flag.

When Evaluating Institutional Investors Ferraris Are A Red Flag.

One of the services we provide at CEORater includes a CEO Personality Profile derived from Natural Language Processing applied to earnings call transcripts. Research out of Stanford University - Charles OReilly and David Larcker - demonstrates a correlation between CEO Personality and company outcomes. Separate efforts apply similar analytic methods toward evaluating institutional investors. Institutional … Continue reading When Evaluating Institutional Investors Ferraris Are A Red Flag.

LSE to Potentially Acquire Refinitiv (fmr. Thomson Reuters Data Business) for $27 Billion

LSE to Potentially Acquire Refinitiv (fmr. Thomson Reuters Data Business) for $27 Billion

We tip our hat to LSE for thinking outside the box, moving beyond a commodity business to acquire a somewhat unique data set (one of the big three with Bloomberg and Factset).  Blackstone Group (BX.N) acquired a majority stake in Refinitiv from Thomson Reuters (TRI.TO) in October 2018, valuing the company at the time at … Continue reading LSE to Potentially Acquire Refinitiv (fmr. Thomson Reuters Data Business) for $27 Billion

The PE Model Is Unsustainable

The PE Model Is Unsustainable

PE firms can’t cut their way to prosperity in perpetuity.  Strategic Acquirers We applaud when strategic acquirers defeat PE buyers for coveted assets (for a list of strategic acquirers that do M&A well click here). Our rationale is that strategic acquirers are typically motivated to optimize acquired assets so as to maximize ROIC over the … Continue reading The PE Model Is Unsustainable

U.S. Personal Savings Rates 1959-2019

U.S. Personal Savings Rates 1959-2019

We are doing a bit of work around derivatives exposure. Overnight we reviewed U.S. personal savings rates as a percentage of personal disposable income for the January 1959 - May 2019 period on a monthly basis. The personal savings rate has bounced between 6-8% since January 2013. This is in-line with the mid-to-late 1990's period. … Continue reading U.S. Personal Savings Rates 1959-2019

Facebook Calibra and Libra.

Facebook Calibra and Libra.

Facebook imagines a future in which consumers will pay for online and offline services with its cryptocurrency - Libra. Our view is that Libra will eventually enjoy broad adoption. The cryptocurrency floodgates are open, it’s primarily a question as to how Libra and others will be regulated. Regulation boils down to the size of the … Continue reading Facebook Calibra and Libra.

Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.

Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.

Companies mentioned: Accenture (ACN), Alibaba (BABA), AWS (AMZN), Azure (MSFT), Bottomline Technologies (EPAY), Broadridge (BR), DataRobot (Pvt.), GCP (GOOG), IHS Markit (INFO), Oracle (ORCL), Palantir (Pvt.), Qlik (Pvt.), Solera (Pvt.), SS&C (SSNC), Tibco (Pvt.), Verisk (VRSK). Accenture’s CEO of North America, Julie Sweet, will become CEO of Accenture effective September 1st 2019. Ms. Sweet is … Continue reading Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.

“Wait and See” Does Not Constitute A Strategy

“Wait and See” Does Not Constitute A Strategy

Our experience is that it is best to take action during disruptive periods - or better yet - at the first signs of trouble. The "wait and see" approach often leads to irrelevance and ultimately death. Deutsche Bank plans to shed 18,000 jobs and exit the institutional trading business while simultaneously investing in technology. This … Continue reading “Wait and See” Does Not Constitute A Strategy