Category: Strategy

Apple Is Not Going to Acquire A Search Engine

Apple Is Not Going to Acquire A Search Engine

Sellside analysts have too much time on their hands. There is zero logic as to why Apple should acquire a search engine. If Apple (tkr: AAPL), were to acquire a search engine it would have a difficult time taking market share from Google (tkr: GOOG). It is more likely that an Apple-owned search engine would … Continue reading Apple Is Not Going to Acquire A Search Engine

The CEORater “Quality” Portfolio

The CEORater “Quality” Portfolio

Our CEORater portfolio of quality Technology names is up significantly year-to-date versus the benchmark. Recall the CEORater mock portfolio is a concentrated, equal-weight portfolio of quality Technology companies that employs a "buy and hold" strategy over the long-term. The CEORater portfolio is up 647 basis points versus the benchmark (S&P NORTH AMERICAN EXPANDED TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE … Continue reading The CEORater “Quality” Portfolio

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?

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

Work From Home Is Here To Stay

Work From Home Is Here To Stay

We believe that many companies will leverage work from home's lower cost structure by making this option available to employees. We highlight two technology companies that exclusively operate in a distributed fashion: GitLab and Automattic. GitLab and Automattic place a premium on documenting everything from organizational structure to output-driven expectations to corporate culture and day-to-day … Continue reading Work From Home Is Here To Stay

Binging On Buybacks At Innovation’s Expense

Binging On Buybacks At Innovation’s Expense

Short-term greed has gripped some of the world's largest Technology companies. A number of CEOs and Boards are guilty of trading long-term innovation and customer value for short-term share price support. Innovative companies (we provide examples), have bucked the buyback trend. Record high corporate debt levels have funded record share buyback activity in recent years. … Continue reading Binging On Buybacks At Innovation’s Expense

Stick With Quality Companies

Stick With Quality Companies

Where is the market support coming from? Lipper data (below) shows net fund outflows for Equity funds. Therefore perhaps a sector rotation into Technology funds is providing support for Technology names. We have yet to find fundamental data that would support a bullish near-to-intermediate-term outlook for Technology names, with the exception being the leading streaming … Continue reading Stick With Quality Companies

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

Investors: Sharpen Your Pencils!

Investors: Sharpen Your Pencils!

The macro trade where stocks fell in unison in late March only to recover in unison in early April is doomed to fail. We will re-test market lows. A staggered economic recovery will require that investors identify "winning" stocks coming out of the downturn and avoid "value traps". Life is about who you choose to … Continue reading Investors: Sharpen Your Pencils!