Tag: Acquisitions

Kroger and Albertsons Rumored Deal Makes Sense

Kroger and Albertsons Rumored Deal Makes Sense

The thin margin grocery business is a scale game. Grocery chain operators will continue to offset rising input costs (primarily food and labor) with higher retail prices and an increased focus on self-service and automation. Walmart (WMT) is the leading grocery chain in the U.S. and only Amazon (AMZN), has the balance sheet to compete. … Continue reading Kroger and Albertsons Rumored Deal Makes Sense

Evaluating M&A Target Products & Services

Evaluating M&A Target Products & Services

One of the most important elements when evaluating an M&A target is the target company's Product & Services portfolio. The ultimate Product question to be answered is: "Does it make more sense to build or acquire?" It is important for the acquiring company to answer a few key questions about the target company's product portfolio. … Continue reading Evaluating M&A Target Products & Services

CEOs That Put Themselves First

CEOs That Put Themselves First

"G" is the most important letter in "ESG" investing. "G" or "Governance" refers to the men and women who comprise corporate management teams and Boards. Management - the CEO in particular - matters a great deal as to the long-term success of any company. Too frequently CEOs and Boards put Executive Compensation ahead of corporate … Continue reading CEOs That Put Themselves First

Don’t Count On M&A To Bail You Out

Don’t Count On M&A To Bail You Out

CEOs and Institutional Investors should not count on strategic acquirers or PE firms to bail out underperforming stocks (or private company holdings for that matter). Not only is the cost of capital significantly higher for would-be acquirers, but target company revenue and profitability forecasts have substantially less visibility and therefore more risk today than they … Continue reading Don’t Count On M&A To Bail You Out

The Big 3 Cloud Giants Are Poised To Drive M&A

The Big 3 Cloud Giants Are Poised To Drive M&A

AWS, Azure and Google Cloud are poised to drive vertical M&A for years to come. By vertical M&A we refer to M&A transactions that would enable to AWS, Azure and Google Cloud to build a footprint at the application layer across various industry verticals. The obvious acquisition targets would be customers and partners of AWS, … Continue reading The Big 3 Cloud Giants Are Poised To Drive M&A

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

Applications As A Growth Lever For AWS, Azure & Google Cloud

Applications As A Growth Lever For AWS, Azure & Google Cloud

AWS, Azure and Google Cloud should leverage proprietary applications as a growth lever, particularly if the Federal Government forces a breakup of these cloud platforms from their respective parent companies. Oracle pioneered the strategy of extending the value of its database and infrastructure software by adding applications to its product portfolio. Oracle chose to grow … Continue reading Applications As A Growth Lever For AWS, Azure & Google Cloud

Our View On Fed Tightening and M&A

Our View On Fed Tightening and M&A

Our view is that the Fed will only truly pursue an extended tightening course (full wind down of QE followed by rate hikes), if price inflation continues to where the Biden Administration feels it will cost the Democrat Party in the 2022 mid-term elections and/or hurt Biden's chances for re-election in 2024. The Fed is … Continue reading Our View On Fed Tightening and M&A

Private Equity and Life Annuity Insurance

Private Equity and Life Annuity Insurance

Tickers Mentioned: Roper Technologies (tkr: ROP); SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC); Verisk (tkr: VRSK) Private Equity has ramped its exposure to the Life Annuity Insurance industry over the past decade with PE-owned or PE-sponsored insurer's admitted assets growing from $67.4 billion in 2011 to $604.1 billion at year-end 2020 (per AM Best), a 9x increase. If … Continue reading Private Equity and Life Annuity Insurance