Category: Media & Entertainment

Federal Reserve Discloses Corporate Bond Purchases

Federal Reserve Discloses Corporate Bond Purchases

Here is the full Excel workbook disclosure compiled by the Federal Reserve which lists the various issuers, sectors, cusips, coupons, maturity dates, par values, amortized costs and more for the fixed income securities the Federal Reserve has purchased. Among the securities purchased through June 16th, 48.1% were "AAA, AA and A" rated, 48.3% were "BBB" … Continue reading Federal Reserve Discloses Corporate Bond Purchases

Social Media Ad Revenue & the COVID Recession

Social Media Ad Revenue & the COVID Recession

Social media advertising revenue will likely take a prolonged hit as Ad buyers curb spending and in some cases go out of business Facebook (tkr: FB) and YouTube (tkr: GOOG) are best positioned to sustain a weak economic backdrop. Facebook is the dominant social media platform from a revenue standpoint and YouTube benefits from being … Continue reading Social Media Ad Revenue & the COVID Recession

Financial Services & Healthcare – Sleeping Giants Ready to Awake?

Financial Services & Healthcare – Sleeping Giants Ready to Awake?

Broadly-defined Financial Services and Healthcare are two giant, slow growth industries that could potentially kick start revenue growth by leveraging a variety of video and audio-based technologies. Financial Services & Insurance contributed $1.2 Trillion to GDP in Q1 2020 and Healthcare contributed $2.4 Trillion during the same period (table 1). Both industries are bogged down … Continue reading Financial Services & Healthcare – Sleeping Giants Ready to Awake?

Layoffs Have Extended Beyond Hotels and Restaurants

Layoffs Have Extended Beyond Hotels and Restaurants

Layoffs are not only taking place across the retail, restaurant, travel and hospitality industries. A number of other industries including the Technology industry have absorbed their fair share of layoffs as well. Some early-stage Technology companies are conserving cash by replacing cash compensation with equity. The list below includes approximately 60 companies (primarily Tech companies) … Continue reading Layoffs Have Extended Beyond Hotels and Restaurants

Disney Ought to Spin Off the Parks Business

Disney Ought to Spin Off the Parks Business

Disney's Parks business is preventing the "Content" side from realizing its full valuation potential. Look no further than Netflix as a proxy. Disney's (tkr: DIS), "Content" business is significant. "Parks" is large enough to stand on its own. A simple run rate calculation on Disney's December quarter "Content" Operating Income figure of $1.9 billion implies … Continue reading Disney Ought to Spin Off the Parks Business

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?

AT&T Should Sell WarnerMedia

AT&T Should Sell WarnerMedia

AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner seemed like a good idea at the time. That is no longer true. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, CMCSA, DIS, GOOG, NFLX, T, VZ AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner seemed like a good idea when it was first kicked around a few years ago. AT&T would differentiate its fiber … Continue reading AT&T Should Sell WarnerMedia

BlackRock and Disney Have This in Common…

BlackRock and Disney Have This in Common…

The asset management game is all about Assets Under Management ("AUM"). The entertainment game is all about "IP". By the way, Bob Iger likes Bond. Asset Management & Entertainment Share a Hunger for Assets Over the past decade asset managers have shifted away from active management and alpha generation in favor of index funds and … Continue reading BlackRock and Disney Have This in Common…

Episodic Television Is the Key to Winning the Streaming Wars

Episodic Television Is the Key to Winning the Streaming Wars

Episodic TV carries a superior risk/reward compared to feature films. The streaming wars featuring Disney (tkr: DIS), Netflix (tkr: NFLX), Apple (tkr: AAPL), Amazon (tkr: AMZN), AT&T (tkr: T), and others will be won by the content producers that capture the most subscribers over a measurable period of time. Questions that content producers must answer … Continue reading Episodic Television Is the Key to Winning the Streaming Wars