It is only logical that the leading smartphone company (Apple) and the leading AI company (Google) are increasingly designing more of their own silicon which is optimized for each company's respective products and services. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, AVGO, GOOG, INTC, QCOM, SWKS Think of the iPhone and Google's Pixel phone. Every feature, every application, … Continue reading Platform Companies Will Increasingly Design Proprietary Silicon
Broadcom Agrees To Acquire VMware
Broadcom agrees to acquire VMware for $61 billion As we wrote previously, we believe this acquisition is a strategic blunder on the part of Broadcom (AVGO). Broadcom's acquisition of VMware (VMW) is essentially a "bet the company" type of acquisition given the amount of purchase consideration ($61 billion) and also given the fact that the … Continue reading Broadcom Agrees To Acquire VMware
Bold Broadcom Pursues VMware
Last year Broadcom pursued an acquisition of SAS Institute (private) before SAS Co-founder and CEO Jim Goodnight withdrew. Now, the WSJ reports that Broadcom (AVGO) is working to acquire private cloud and infrastructure software provider VMware (VMW). While the SAS pursuit was bold and creative, the prospective VMW acquisition is bold, risky and lacks creativity. … Continue reading Bold Broadcom Pursues VMware
Broadcom to Acquire SAS?
Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AVGO, MSFT, SAP, SNOW My personal view was that SAS founder Jim Goodnight would sell his Analytics firm to Snowflake (tkr: SNOW), Microsoft (tkr: MSFT) or SAP (tkr: SAP). SAS is known for its employee-friendly culture. Now that the WSJ has reported that Broadcom (tkr: AVGO) is moving to acquire SAS, it … Continue reading Broadcom to Acquire SAS?
SolarWinds Is One of Many Cyberbreaches to Come
Early last week we wrote about SolarWinds and the potential for another leg to drop. SolarWinds has a long road to recovery. Cyberbreaches of that sort don't engender customer trust and often lead to significant customer churn. What other companies may be at risk of a cyberbreach? Tickers mentioned: AMZN, AVGO, CERN, EFX, EXPGF, FICO, … Continue reading SolarWinds Is One of Many Cyberbreaches to Come
Fed Disclosure: Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility Includes Amazon, Apple, Microsoft & More
Adobe (ADBE), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Broadcom (AVGO), Microsoft (MSFT) and Oracle (ORCL) were among the Technology companies included in the Fed's July 10th SMCCF disclosure. The Fed has purchased $137 million par value of Technology company fixed income securities through June 26th or approximately 9% of a total par value of approximately $1.5 billion. … Continue reading Fed Disclosure: Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility Includes Amazon, Apple, Microsoft & More
Go Vertical or Go HomePremium
Unless your name is Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google or Microsoft, it is best to pursue vertical go-to-market and product strategies. Only the previously mentioned Technology giants have the requisite scale to take a horizontal approach. We provide examples of "Vertical Leaders" and "At-Risk Horizontal Players". Tickers mentioned: ACN, AMZN, AAPL, AVGO, BOX, CCC, CRM, CSCO, … Continue reading Go Vertical or Go HomePremium
One M&A Prophecy Fulfilled. More to Come.
Debt remains cheap. Strategic acquirers and PE firms are flush with cash. It doesn't take a genius to arrive at the conclusion that Software & Services M&A activity will remain healthy in 2020 all else held equal. (tickers mentioned: ACN, AVGO). Today's news that Accenture (ticker: ACN) agreed to acquire Symantec's CyberSecurity Services business from … Continue reading One M&A Prophecy Fulfilled. More to Come.
The Software Treadmill: Keep Pace or Fall Behind
The software industry is fluid and unforgiving - especially the CyberSecurity space. Companies either innovate or fall behind. There is no such thing as standing still. This week semiconductor firm Broadcom (tkr: AVGO) agreed to acquire Symantec's Enterprise business. Symantec (tkr: SYMC), is a CyberSecurity software vendor and is a laggard in an industry that's … Continue reading The Software Treadmill: Keep Pace or Fall Behind
We Applaud Creative M&A Strategies
It has leaked that semiconductor giant Broadcom (tkr: AVGO) is working to acquire CyberSecurity software company Symantec (tkr: SYMC). Semiconductor investors are not fans of the deal as AVGO shares have traded off 6% since the news leaked. Conversely, we like the prospective acquisition for a couple of reasons: First, Symantec’s recurring revenues will help … Continue reading We Applaud Creative M&A Strategies
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