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When CEO Compensation Is The Primary M&A Driver

When CEO Compensation Is The Primary M&A Driver

Too frequently companies execute M&A transactions not because a given acquisition strengthens the acquiring company's competitive position or enhances customer value, but because the acquired company could help boost CEO compensation of the acquirer by driving some combination of higher total revenue growth, higher EBITDA, higher bookings and/or a higher stock price. Today's announcement that … Continue reading When CEO Compensation Is The Primary M&A Driver

The Economic Genie Is Out Of The Bottle

The Economic Genie Is Out Of The Bottle

It does not matter what the Fed does with the Fed Funds Rate at this point, the global economy is softening and is likely to get worse. Whether the Fed ultimately takes rates to 3.5% or 4.0% will have little effect on the macroeconomic backdrop (QT is a different story). More job cuts. Large Tech … Continue reading The Economic Genie Is Out Of The Bottle

Less Downside Protection From Share Buybacks

Less Downside Protection From Share Buybacks

As Technology companies prepare to report earnings we expect that a number of companies will curb share repurchase programs given the cost of debt has increased since the Q1 earnings reports of April and May. This will provide less downside protection for Technology names. Treasury yields for the 2-year, the 5-year and the 10-year are … Continue reading Less Downside Protection From Share Buybacks

Management Teams Will Matter More To Investors

Management Teams Will Matter More To Investors

As growth slows and interest rates climb, management teams will command a greater weighting in investors' due diligence processes as compared to the 2009-2022 period of ultra-low interest rates and Quantitative Easing ("QE"). While it is too early to call peak inflation and far too early to talk about a Fed pivot, it is never … Continue reading Management Teams Will Matter More To Investors

Boeing Requires An Overhaul

Boeing Requires An Overhaul

Boeing (BA) senior management and Board requires an overhaul. We first wrote that Boeing ought to replace its CEO and Board back in September 2020 and as recently as February 2021, well before Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary voiced his opinion. Boeing is a Technology company that would do well to look to the Technology sector … Continue reading Boeing Requires An Overhaul

What’s Next For Netflix?

What’s Next For Netflix?

We have seen this movie before. Founder CEO hands the reins to a successor. The company stumbles. Founder returns as CEO. We expect this scenario to play out over the next 24 months at Netflix. Founder Reed Hastings will return after Ted Sarandos has had a brief opportunity to right the ship. It is game … Continue reading What’s Next For Netflix?

The Stock Buyback Scam

The Stock Buyback Scam

Prior to the 2008-2009 Financial crisis, stock buybacks were typically used by management teams to offset options dilution and to acquire undervalued company shares. Today, companies primarily use stock buybacks to goose the value of CEO options packages as well as to goose the value of shares held by CEOs and large institutional holders. The … Continue reading The Stock Buyback Scam

For Stock Returns, Look Where Others Are Not

For Stock Returns, Look Where Others Are Not

Small cap equities and international equities are generally good places for investors to begin their work of finding undervalued companies. In this age of ultra-low interest rates and overvalued assets it makes sense for public company investors to look for value in areas of the market that receive less investor attention than sectors that garner … Continue reading For Stock Returns, Look Where Others Are Not

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