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
Gold prices ought to have climbed higher given the amount of money printing that took place in 2020 and that is likely to continue. What happened? Additional debt-funded "stimulus", QE and accompanying asset inflation should have pushed gold prices higher. After all, gold is a safe haven. What gives? (view a chart of the spot … Continue reading Where Is The Gold Rally?
We caution investors to not get ahead of themselves by anticipating a return to "normal", 2019 revenue growth rates in 2021. Most Software companies have a significant Subscription revenue component. Given that Subscription bookings activity slowed for most every Enterprise Software company in 2020, this will translate to slower reported Subscription revenue growth over the … Continue reading Software Revenue Growth Will Be Muted for Many in 2021
We appreciate the logistical hoops public companies are having to work through to prep for earnings calls given disparate locations and other pressing operational matters. The cherry on top is when companies take extra care to have an adult conversation with investors about the state of operations despite the limited visibility that 99% of companies … Continue reading Transparency & Playing Offense In A Down Economy
One of the services we provide at CEORater includes a CEO Personality Profile derived from Natural Language Processing applied to earnings call transcripts. Research out of Stanford University - Charles OReilly and David Larcker - demonstrates a correlation between CEO Personality and company outcomes. Separate efforts apply similar analytic methods toward evaluating institutional investors. Institutional … Continue reading When Evaluating Institutional Investors Ferraris Are A Red Flag.
Public company management teams would do well to allocate more time on earnings calls covering strategy & execution, sources of competitive differentiation and "why we win deals". Conversely, allocate less time reviewing quarterly minutiae that could be addressed within the prepared remarks and an accompanying slide presentation. Quarterly earnings calls are an opportunity for management … Continue reading Public Company Earnings Call Survival Kit
Notice anything about the above image? It looks like a Facebook feed and five of the nine content pieces (only three are fully visible), are videos. The image is a screen capture from Goldman Sachs' homepage - part of a modernization/ outreach effort under new Goldman CEO David Solomon. Personally I've noticed that companies are … Continue reading Every Company Is A Content Company
Many of our readers are Technology CEOs and institutional investors. If you wish to tell your company's story, or a portfolio company story let us know. Beginning in 2019 we plan to occasionally profile Technology companies in these pages and on our CEORater Podcast. Send me a note directly at email@example.com. Thanks for reading! … Continue reading Share Your Story with Us
Cryptocurrency firms fell from grace (Chain and Lightyear merged to form Interstellar) as valuations and expectations got too far ahead of themselves for both the various "coin" firms as well as for blockchain - the distributed database technology that enables digital currency transactions. We are long-term bullish on each - particularly blockchain. The crypto space … Continue reading Don’t Believe The Hype
Opportunity Cost for Active Managers Is High Institutional investors typically contemplate opportunity cost within the context of portfolio returns, individual stock returns and ROIC. What however is the opportunity cost associated with pursuing a broken business model versus correcting course? The capital markets are filled with smart people and smart machines. It is more difficult than ever … Continue reading The Road Less Traveled: Opportunity Cost and Shareholder ActivismPremium