Category: Strategy

More Video Game Content Deals to Come

More Video Game Content Deals to Come

Microsoft's (MSFT) deal for Activision (ATVI), will prove to be one in a string of such deals over the next few years whereby video game platform companies (Microsoft/Xbox, Google/Stadia, Amazon/Twitch), acquire video game content companies. These deals are similar to the wave of consolidation that took place in the 1980's and 1990's when distribution companies … Continue reading More Video Game Content Deals to Come

AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Alternatives

AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Alternatives

Corporate customers ought to think about diversifying beyond AWS, Azure and Google Cloud for cloud storage and embedded capabilities such as AI/ML/NLP and more. Sure, there is Oracle, Alibaba and others. Yet it would seem now may be the time for Industry-focused players to offer cloud services alternatives. Tickers mentioned: AMZN, BABA, FIS, GOOG, MSFT, … Continue reading AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Alternatives

CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 3 of 3: Information Services

CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 3 of 3: Information Services

Today we announce the winner of the "Information Services" category: Information Services: Doug Peterson, President and CEO, S&P Global Inc. (ticker: SPGI). SPGI shares have performed well but the primary reason why we choose SPGI CEO Doug Peterson over Gartner (ticker: IT), CEO Gene Hall or MSCI (ticker: MSCI), CEO Henry Fernandez was Peterson's pursuit … Continue reading CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 3 of 3: Information Services

CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 2 of 3: Platform Companies

CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 2 of 3: Platform Companies

We have taken a different approach to our CEORater Technology CEOs of the Year selection process in 2021. No longer do we call out “Payments” as a separate category given that some of the largest payments flow occurs inside of Technology giants such as Apple and Amazon. We now have three categories: 1.) FinTech; 2.) … Continue reading CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 2 of 3: Platform Companies

CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 1 of 3: FinTech

CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 1 of 3: FinTech

We have taken a different approach to our CEORater Technology CEOs of the Year selection process in 2021. No longer do we call out “Payments” as a separate category given that some of the largest payments flow occurs inside of Technology giants such as Apple and Amazon. We now have three categories: 1.) FinTech; 2.) … Continue reading CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 1 of 3: FinTech

Share Buybacks Accelerate

Share Buybacks Accelerate

Share buybacks are back above pre-COVID levels. Frequent readers of these pages know that we are generally not in favor of share buybacks. Buyback activity has exploded since 2009 when the Fed began its low interest rate and QE monetary policy to artificially prop up equity and credit markets during the financial crisis. Public companies … Continue reading Share Buybacks Accelerate

Vertically Integrated Auto OEMs

Vertically Integrated Auto OEMs

The Auto OEM of the future will be vertically integrated across traditional automobile components, batteries and alternative power sources, software and chips. BYD (tkr: BYDDY) is a prime example of a vertically integrated Auto OEM given its Automotive and Battery operating segments. Ford (tkr: F), today announced it is partnering with GlobalFoundries (tkr: GFS), to … Continue reading Vertically Integrated Auto OEMs

RPA M&A: SS&C and Blue Prism

RPA M&A: SS&C and Blue Prism

SS&C Technologies' (tkr: SSNC) preliminary approach about a potential offer for U.K.-based RPA ("Robotic Process Automation"), firm Blue Prism is detailed below. Read Blue Prism's deal press release HERE.SS&C's proposal values Blue Prism at approximately $1.6 billion. Blue Prism generated recurring revenue of approximately 154 million GBP in FY'20. Read Blue Prism's 1H 2021 investor … Continue reading RPA M&A: SS&C and Blue Prism