Category: Investing

Build. Acquire. Repeat.

Build. Acquire. Repeat.

Some companies execute smart, strategic acquisitions better than others. Here’s a short list of publicly-traded FinTech & Info Services companies that do M&A well: CoStar Group (tkr: CSGP), Intercontinental Exchange (tkr: ICE), IHS Markit (tkr: INFO) SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) and Verisk (tkr: VRSK). Click Here for Revenue, EBITDA and related metrics. We love FinTech … Continue reading Build. Acquire. Repeat.

Why Apple Needs to Build the Apple Car

Why Apple Needs to Build the Apple Car

Google, Amazon and Apple are in a war to control the extended home. The automobile is part of that equation. Google, Amazon and Apple are in a three-way heavyweight fight for home supremacy. When it comes to the home - if Google and Amazon are Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali (two pound-for-pound greats) then Apple is Archie Moore (a great heavyweight but … Continue reading Why Apple Needs to Build the Apple Car

Supervoting Shares = Poor Corporate Governance

Supervoting Shares = Poor Corporate Governance

The SEC ought not allow companies to issue supervoting or non-voting shares -  a method companies use to enable founders to exercise control beyond their share ownership. To my knowledge it has only been a few, high profile Technology companies that have used this trick. Alphabet (tkr: GOOG) split its stock into three classes in … Continue reading Supervoting Shares = Poor Corporate Governance

Too Little Too Late. BB&T & SunTrust.<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Too Little Too Late. BB&T & SunTrust.Premium 

BB&T announced that it plans to acquire SunTrust primarily in an effort to scale its technology capability such that it may deliver more on-demand services to customers. This is a corporate governance issue. You simply DO NOT have the luxury to wait for Payments upstarts like Square (tkr: SQ) to capture a $30B-plus valuation ($40B-plus … Continue reading Too Little Too Late. BB&T & SunTrust.Premium 

Our Evite for 1984

Our Evite for 1984

We've rolled out the red carpet for an Orwellian-like scenario. Here's how. 1.) Meta-collection of phone calls by the NSA under the Patriot Act. Essentially zero push back by we the people. This is child's play as compared to the information we willingly volunteer via personal smart devices. 2.) Broad adoption of smart devices with … Continue reading Our Evite for 1984

Securities Trading in A Blockchain World<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Securities Trading in A Blockchain WorldPremium 

Private Blockchain Networks Will Soon Arrive It will take longer for blockchain to go mainstream than most industry analysts posit. Equity and Fixed Income trading networks, “smart” contracts for residential and commercial real estate and myriad consumer cases will all eventually become the norm. Private, closed-loop commercial networks (securities trading for example) will go mainstream … Continue reading Securities Trading in A Blockchain WorldPremium 

Competition Comes from Below: Part II

Competition Comes from Below: Part II

Magna International (tkr: MGA), got its start as a machine tool shop. Today, Magna is automotive supplier to major Auto OEMs, Tier I suppliers, Heavy Equipment manufacturers and Rideshare companies such as Lyft. Humble Beginnings Magna counts BMW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Tata, Tesla, Toyota, a number of the China-based Auto OEMs as well as a … Continue reading Competition Comes from Below: Part II

Competition Comes from Below: Part I

Competition Comes from Below: Part I

Chinese manufacturers have mastered the smartphone manufacturing process. Take the case of Shenzhen-based Zowee, which manufactures a variety electronic components including smartphone technology. Zowee like many contract manufacturers won their OEM business given they were a low-cost provider capable of quickly scaling operations to meet demand while adhering to mutually agreed upon quality standards. Over … Continue reading Competition Comes from Below: Part I

Acquire or Be Acquired: FinTech Lions and Lambs<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Acquire or Be Acquired: FinTech Lions and LambsPremium 

FinTech market disruption has led to a bifurcation of FinTech providers - Lions and Lambs. See our "Lions & Lambs" company list with commentary at the end of this note. The FinTech space - whether it be the Capital Markets flavor or the Payments variety - is undergoing rapid change. Within Capital Markets - alternative … Continue reading Acquire or Be Acquired: FinTech Lions and LambsPremium 

Technology Buyers Would Do Well to Think Like Investors<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Technology Buyers Would Do Well to Think Like InvestorsPremium 

When considering enterprise technology purchases – regardless of industry – corporate buyers would do well to think like investors. There are three legs to the technology evaluation stool: 1.) What is the technology provider’s value proposition? 2.) Who is the technology provider? (corporate buyers often pay insufficient attention here) 3.) What is the total cost … Continue reading Technology Buyers Would Do Well to Think Like InvestorsPremium