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 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
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
Many investors are aware of disruptive FinTech companies such as Apple Pay, Amazon Pay, Betterment, PayPal, Robinhood, Square and Stripe to name a few. These companies are disrupting the legacy FinTech landscape as well as traditional Banks in the pursuit of customers, deposits and payment volume. There is a new disruptive FinTech organization in town … Continue reading Bank & FinTech Consolidation to Continue. Central Banks as Disruptors.
Based on the inbound traffic to our CEORater and TEK2day properties our best guess is that M&A due diligence is taking place for a deal between some combination of Fiserv (FISV), FIS Global (FIS) and Global Payments (GPN). The last time we saw this type of activity on our platform was in the several months … Continue reading Deals Brewing Based On CEORater and TEK2day Traffic?
The best management teams know to plan for the worst and hope for the best. COVID was a reminder to many business leaders that anything can come out of left field and blind side a business. Despite the COVID lesson we believe that many CEOs and CFOs take certain financial conditions for granted as if … Continue reading Plan for the Worst. Hope for the Best.
Earlier this week Broadridge (BR) agreed to acquire trading platform Itiviti for $2.5 Billion in an all cash deal from PE firm Nordic Capital. This demonstrates that growth is valued at a premium as it values Itiviti at approximately 34x 2020 Non-GAAP Operating Income and 10x 2020 Revenue. Itiviti is growing organic revenues faster than … Continue reading Broadridge’s Acquisition of Itiviti. Nothing Is Cheap.
Over the past 11 months and as recently as Tuesday the Federal Reserve has consistently reiterated its mission to get the U.S. Economy back to full employment. We are not there yet. The labor participation rate remains below 2008-2009 financial crisis levels. Let me know your thoughts on the below (particularly if you are on … Continue reading Is The Fed’s View On The Relationship Between Interest Rates and Jobs Wrong?
Fiserv (tkr: FISV), FIS (tkr: FIS) and Global Payments (tkr: GPN) need to re-tool their product and service portfolios to better compete with modern Fintech platforms such as Square (tkr: SQ), PayPal/Venmo (tkr: PYPL), Stripe (private) and others. Tech giants Alphabet (tkr: GOOGL), Amazon (tkr: AMZN) and Apple (tkr: AAPL) also loom large in the … Continue reading What’s Next for Fiserv, FIS and Global Payments?
CEO's need to be comfortable with some level of diversification to keep their companies relevant over the long-term. Long-time Anheuser-Busch InBev (ticker: BUD) CEO Carlos Brito was not afraid of big acquisitions. However, his most notable large acquisitions (Anheuser-Busch and SABMiller) failed to add new beverage categories to the tired product portfolio while weighting it … Continue reading Carlos Brito Is On His Way Out as BUD CEO. Did BUD’s Board Try To Help Brito?