A key reason why I wrote yesterday that a Disney (DIS) sale would not be announced until the end of 2024 or in 2025 is that Disney has to be thinking about the Biden Administration's FTC head Lina Khan blocking a potential deal, whether it be for pieces of Disney such as ABC, or for … Continue reading A Disney Sale: The FTC and Potential Acquirers.
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Disney (ticker: DIS) CEO Bob Iger will sell the company before he walks away. Iger will not appoint another successor after his 2020 appointment of Bob Chapek as CEO failed. Today, PepsiCo (ticker: PEP) CFO Hugh Johnston was named Disney CFO (read more HERE). View Mr. Johnston's experience HERE. My view is that Disney will … Continue reading Disney’s New CFO Is an M&A Guy
Microsoft reported earnings results this evening. Despite MSFT's AI-related rhetoric, I don't see Generative AI as a significant near-to-intermediate-term Revenue driver. Azure's constant currency growth rate was essentially flat at 28%. I expect that Azure's growth rate will slow as we move through the December quarter into calendar 2024. Our chart below plots Azure's year-over-year … Continue reading Azure’s Revenue Growth and Generative AI
Microsoft closed its Activision acquisition. As we wrote on August 7th - Activision will add strategic glue to MSFT's Xbox platform by adding hit gaming content such as the Call of Duty franchise. We are fans of vertical acquisitions. The complementary pieces - once combined - have the ability to differentiate the acquiring company from … Continue reading Microsoft’s Activision Deal Adds “Strategic Glue” To Its Xbox Platform
Was Unity's pricing model PR error enough to push out John Riccitiello as Unity (ticker: U), CEO? I don't think so. However, when you combine a massive business operations gaffe with sexual misconduct lawsuits, it then becomes difficult for any Board to want to keep the CEO around. You may read our previous article about … Continue reading John Riccitiello’s Past Caught Up With Him
To put it simply, the Biden Administration's FTC is anti-capitalist and anti-American. The primary problem with FTC Chair Lina Khan's organization is that it suffers from overreach as does the Biden Administration. Why Ms. Khan's FTC ever pushed back on Microsoft's pending acquisition of Activision is beyond me. Anti-competitive? How? One company (MSFT) is a … Continue reading The FTC Will Not Breakup Amazon Or Google
Sure, Microsoft (ticker: MSFT) is not wildly overvalued like a number of other names, yet the Redmond Software giant's stock is pricey at approximately 24x trailing Cash From Operations. That's a hefty multiple for a company that is not growing Cash From Operations and is primarily growing revenue because of price increases (MSFT will have … Continue reading Microsoft Is Overvalued
We have folded our CEORater-related content under our TEK2day brand. TEK2day will publish more content to YouTube in the coming weeks. Our YouTube content won't necessarily be published as a TEK2day podcast. We occasionally publish our content to LinkedIn, but not all of our content. The best way to find our content is here at … Continue reading TEK2day: All Things Technology & Capital Markets-Related
I would not be surprised if Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg were to become full time Meta Platforms Chairman in 2024 after handing the CEO title to an internal executive who has been loyal over the years. I don't pay close enough attention to Meta to know who that person may be. One thing is … Continue reading How Much Longer Will Zuckerberg Remain CEO?
Amazon, Apple, Disney, Google, Meta, Microsoft and Netflix have an advantage over other content companies given their size. By size I am primarily referring to market cap and size of balance sheet. Apple (AAPL, $2.94 Trillion market cap) and Microsoft (MSFT, $2.43 Trillion market cap) are in a league of their own with their nose … Continue reading Apple’s VisionPro Provides A Defensible Edge In The Content Space