One of the great distortions caused by the joint fiscal and monetary policy of 2020 and 2021 is that equities and the lowest-rated non-investment grade credits are two of the all too rare places where investors may earn a return. Savers and Fixed Income investors be damned. Many companies are enjoying their stocks trading at … Continue reading Investors Should Ask More of Their Management Teams
Time is wasting away. If you are a big fan of a target company's management team, pay them the extra EBITDA multiple turn if that is what is required to execute your deal. I did not say "gift" them the incremental purchase consideration. Make the management earn it. Create a Management Incentive Plan ("MIP"), for … Continue reading Don’t Allow Pride To Scuttle Your M&A Transaction
A one-size fits all approach to WFH policies will not work. CEOs and Executive Management teams must shape WFH policy based on corporate culture. Some companies such as Automattic (WordPress owner) have operated in a 100% remote work environment since their founding (Automattic founded in 2005). Other companies perform better when employees share a physical … Continue reading Work From Home Policy Is A Question of Company Culture
Below are the most viewed CEOs on our CEORater platform from June 1st 2020 through June 1st 2021. The first table is a downloadable image file with the top 20 CEOs ranked by number of pageviews on CEORater.com. The second table is an interactive version - it provides direct links to the CEORater Profile for … Continue reading Most Viewed CEOs on CEORater
I've yet to be convinced of the value proposition of incorporating ESG into the investment decision-making process. What are the definitions of the "Environmental" and "Social" elements of ESG and how are each directly correlated to alpha generation? You are preaching to the choir as it relates to "Corporate Governance" - the "G" in ESG. … Continue reading “G” Is Where The Value Is In ESG
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.
Sophisticated Quant models run billion-dollar portfolios. Autonomous vehicles are on the road. AIs write music. AIs read maps and satellite images for the military. So when may an AI realistically lead a company as CEO? If one considers a large company such as Microsoft (tkr: MSFT), CEO Satya Nadella does not spend his days writing … Continue reading The AI CEO vs. The Cyborg CEO
Over the weekend Warren Buffett stated that poor leadership is the greatest risk facing companies. Mr. Buffett is preaching to the choir and knows a thing or two about bad leadership having lived through scandal and CEO turnover at Wells Fargo while Berkshire was a large holder. Coca Cola - another Berkshire holding - hasn't … Continue reading CEO Quality Matters. Warren Buffett Agrees.
We compared CEO compensation for the PLM Software sector. PTC (ticker: PTC) CEO Jim Heppelmann is the group outlier as his compensation is 3x the group average and 4x that of the CEO of the largest company in the group (by market value), Autodesk (ticker: ADSK) CEO Andrew Anagnost. See below for additional detail. https://soundcloud.com/ceorater
We are introducing CEORater's initial CEO Risk Report ("CRR") which may be accessed at the end of this note. (Readers who access this note via email will be required to click the "read more" button in order to access the report). CEORater's CRR details companies and CEOs that CEORater believes carry elevated risk, primarily within … Continue reading CEORater CEO Risk ReportPremium