Both Amex (AXP) and PayPal (PYPL) are disadvantaged by legacy systems. This is not news to anyone who has worked with Amex or PayPal as a service provider. Management of each company is likely to continue to sweep the problem under the rug out of fear of disappointing Wall Street in the near-term (it is … Continue reading Legacy Technology Is Dragging On Amex & PayPal
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.
The SEC Needs To Step Up Its Enforcement Game. Political Pressure Is Focused Elsewhere. Private, decentralized messaging platforms where user IDs are not tied to real world identities make it possible for public company executives to discretely disclose non-public information with select investors. Discord is one such example. It will be interesting to observe the … Continue reading Technology Is Running Circles Around Financial Regulators
Blockchain and a central bank digital currency are two key Fintech areas where the U.S. lags China. Last week we wrote that Distributed Ledger Technologies ("DLT") such as Blockchain are a ripe opportunity for a Public-Private Partnership should the Biden Administration move forward with an infrastructure investment plan later this year or early 2022. Some … Continue reading The U.S. Lags China In Key Fintech Areas
Virtu, SS&C Technologies and Envestnet are among the Capital Markets Fintech names that ought to draw attention from value investors. We have updated our Capital Markets Fintech table as earnings reports have rolled in. If you are a value investor who looks to cash flow-based valuation metrics, Virtu (tkr: VIRT), SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) and … Continue reading Virtu, SS&C Technologies and Envestnet
Last night it was reported that M&T Bank (tkr: MTB) would acquire People's United (tkr: PBCT) for more than $7 billion. These "scale" acquisitions between regional banks simply delay the inevitable. What is required is the hard work of evolving business models and service delivery capabilities. More of the same won't suffice. Regional banks are … Continue reading Banks Need To Try Something New
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?
A Big Tech vs. Big Government showdown is far less likely than a marriage of the titans. Whether it be Google's search monopoly, the Facebook/ Twitter/ TikTok social media oligopoly, the AWS/ Azure/ GCP oligopoly, the App Store/ Google Play duopoly, or the iOS/Android duopoly, the amount of power and influence concentrated among the world's … Continue reading The Marriage of Big Tech and Big Government
From time to time we have written about CEO Personality and its impact on corporate operations and stock returns. Earlier this week we spoke with Dr. Joseph Harrison of TCU. Dr. Harrison and his team recently performed an Advanced Analytics exercise that analyzed 2,880 CEOs regarding their personality traits and related company stock returns. Click … Continue reading Cult of Personality – A Deep Dive On CEO Personality Research
Were I to go to market with an Enterprise Software product portfolio I would stress our CyberSecurity capability in all product marketing efforts. It doesn't matter what the core product offering is - CRM, HRMS, POS, Payroll - CyberSecurity must be baked into the offering. To make CybeSecurity an afterthought is to risk losing revenue … Continue reading CyberSecurity As A Competitive Differentiator