Category: Fintech

Now Is The Time To Be Aggressive

Now Is The Time To Be Aggressive

Technology companies with healthy balance sheets should accelerate Product Development efforts. The COVID crisis does not have to entirely be about protecting operating income. Many technology companies threw out guidance during the March quarter. Therefore why be overly sensitive about protecting operating income and earnings? Why not accelerate Product Development efforts if doing so will … Continue reading Now Is The Time To Be Aggressive

Catching Up with CEORater’s 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year

Catching Up with CEORater’s 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year

Our 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year included Andy Florance of CoStar Group (tkr: CSGP), Lance Uggla of IHS Markit (tkr: INFO), Ajay Banga of Mastercard (tkr: MA), Satya Nadella of Microsoft (tkr: MSFT) and Bill Stone of SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC). The risk/reward ratio for the equity markets hasn't been this unfavorable since the … Continue reading Catching Up with CEORater’s 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year

“Verticalization” Is Where It’s At

“Verticalization” Is Where It’s At

Want to pick a fight with Microsoft, Amazon or Google? Don't take them head on. Build out a vertical offering that leverages bleeding edge technology combined with deep domain expertise. Control the entire user experience/customer journey. One could argue that Fanatics and Shopify (tkr: SHOP) have done just that in the world of E-commerce. SS&C … Continue reading “Verticalization” Is Where It’s At

Transparency & Playing Offense In A Down Economy

Transparency & Playing Offense In A Down Economy

We appreciate the logistical hoops public companies are having to work through to prep for earnings calls given disparate locations and other pressing operational matters. The cherry on top is when companies take extra care to have an adult conversation with investors about the state of operations despite the limited visibility that 99% of companies … Continue reading Transparency & Playing Offense In A Down Economy

Earnings Calls – A Keyword Analysis

Earnings Calls – A Keyword Analysis

We ran a Natural Language Processing ("NLP")-based analysis of earnings calls from this week. We captured keywords and phrases from 23 earnings calls. Our report is sorted alphabetically by ticker symbol. Access the free report HERE. This analysis may be customized to capture certain keywords and phrases for any text-based document. https://soundcloud.com/ceorater

If We Are Being Honest

If We Are Being Honest

If we are being honest companies have near zero visibility into the short-term despite sell-side analysts' attempts to generate positive spin. We use last night's Google earnings call as an example. Google's Ad business deteriorated over the course of the March quarter from a year-over-year growth position to a "mid-teens" percentage Y-O-Y decline by the … Continue reading If We Are Being Honest

Tech Layoffs & The Mythical “V” Recovery

Tech Layoffs & The Mythical “V” Recovery

Headcount reductions continue. We have updated our list of recent Tech company layoffs. Access the Excel version HERE. The PDF version may be accessed HERE. It is difficult to imagine a snap economic recovery as companies continue to shed talented people. The mythical "V" recovery would require all components of the global economy to recover … Continue reading Tech Layoffs & The Mythical “V” Recovery

It Is A Mistake To “Look Through” Q2 and 2020 Earnings

It Is A Mistake To “Look Through” Q2 and 2020 Earnings

There is insight to be gleaned from recent earnings conference calls. We have highlighted a few from this past week (below). Many companies assume a deterioration in business from Q1 to Q2 and a potential recovery beginning in Q3. A majority of companies did not provide formal Q2 nor calendar 2020 guidance (access our list … Continue reading It Is A Mistake To “Look Through” Q2 and 2020 Earnings

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”