Speaking of value names, have you looked at Chubb (tkr: CB)? 9x EV trailing Operating Cash Flow ("OCF"), 27% OCF margins and a 13% cash flow yield. Recurring revenue, technology-infused companies like Chubb will eventually enjoy a Valuation Makeover as we wrote in June 2019. Recall that ACE acquired Chubb in 2015 for $28B and … Continue reading Have You Looked at Chubb?
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
A few years ago we recommended that IBM (tkr: IBM) roll-up certain Information Services assets to complement its Infrastructure Services business. In the meantime the Information Services space is rolling up itself with S&P Global (tkr: SPGI) working to acquire IHS Markit (tkr: INFO) as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Tickers mentioned: CCC, DNB, … Continue reading S&P Global Reported to Acquire IHS Markit
For our inaugural CEO Hall of Fame class we selected CEO Hall of Fame members largely based upon their contribution toward building their respective companies as well as creating long-term shareholder value. Our selection process included a variety of quantitative and qualitative elements including financial operating performance, total stock returns, longevity, innovation, corporate governance and … Continue reading The CEORater CEO Hall of Fame Class of 2020
We hosted a podcast episode with Upendra Belhe as our guest. Upendra leads TEK2day's "On-Demand CAO" advisory service. We covered a variety of topics related to Data and Advanced Analytics, perhaps most notably the recent sense of urgency that insurance carriers have around standing up Analytics operations (COVID-related claims are of course a driver along … Continue reading Advanced Analytics in Insurance – A Conversation with Upendra Belhe
We believe large insurance carriers could bolster their valuations by taking equity stakes in leading InsurTech, AutoTech, PropTech, HealthIT, FinTech and CyberSecurity companies. Sound too ambitious? Sounds rational to us. First, an announcement: We have launched a new Data & Analytics advisory service - "On-Demand CAO" - which is primarily geared to mid-market insurance carriers. … Continue reading Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service
Amazon's AWS cloud platform is by definition a "horizontal" offering. "Horizontal" in that it is industry agnostic. Beginning with the Automotive vertical, AWS is deploying a "verticalization" strategy that layers industry vertical capability on top of its core horizontal offering to differentiate from competitors. We wrote about AWS' relationship with VW last year. Today, Toyota … Continue reading Amazon’s AWS Unit Is Differentiating Via A “Verticalization” Strategy
Ever "carb-load"? I used to. "Carb-loading" is the process of consuming large quantities of carbohydrates which are stored as glycogen and subsequently burned while competing in an athletic event. Doing so made me feel sluggish. Do you know who else feels sluggish? Software companies that Private Equity owners have loaded with debt. It's difficult to … Continue reading Debt-Loading Is Killing Innovation
I traded text messages with a friend who is contemplating a Chief Investment Officer role with a large RIA firm. Increasingly it seems Portfolio Managers who spent much of their career working for large, long-only investment managers are looking for a change to where they can operate with more flexibility and creativity. The RIA/Private Client/Trust … Continue reading Long-Term Bullish On RIA/Private Client/Trust Investment Services
Broadly-defined Financial Services and Healthcare are two giant, slow growth industries that could potentially kick start revenue growth by leveraging a variety of video and audio-based technologies. Financial Services & Insurance contributed $1.2 Trillion to GDP in Q1 2020 and Healthcare contributed $2.4 Trillion during the same period (table 1). Both industries are bogged down … Continue reading Financial Services & Healthcare – Sleeping Giants Ready to Awake?