Identifying acquisition targets is an arduous process. Machine learning can help. It is somewhat easier to identify acquisition targets today than it was 10 years ago given the advent of private company databases such as Bob's Guide, Crunchbase, CB Insights, PitchBook and others. However, we have yet to find a data service that combines a … Continue reading M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning
We all want to feel special, to believe we make a difference, that we contribute to society whether it be through job creation, volunteering our time or some other means. M&A is no different. Target company CEOs and management teams want to feel loved. This is especially true of founder CEOs. Should a founder CEO … Continue reading We All Want to Feel Loved. M&A Is No Different.
Some companies execute smart, strategic acquisitions better than others. Here’s a short list of publicly-traded FinTech & Info Services companies that do M&A well: CoStar Group (tkr: CSGP), Intercontinental Exchange (tkr: ICE), IHS Markit (tkr: INFO) SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) and Verisk (tkr: VRSK). Click Here for Revenue, EBITDA and related metrics. We love FinTech … Continue reading Build. Acquire. Repeat.
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
Recently Oracle's Board authorized an additional $12 Billion to the Company’s share repurchase authorization. We are not fans of share repurchases and fully understand why institutional investors like them - they reduce share count, boost EPS and mitigate downside risk. We hosted a recent podcast on the subject: Our view is that share repurchases imply … Continue reading Corporate Amercia – We Are Not Fans of Share Repurchases – Invest Your Capital!
Healthcare is Broken "Shock!" you say. CEORater Podcast episode 90 discusses various catalysts for change. Healthcare market disruption in part will come from startups, new market entrants and various technologies that in the aggregate empower consumers and remove waste from the healthcare ecosystem (HBR estimates $1 Trillion in healthcare-related waste.) To maximize this opportunity requires removing politics … Continue reading Healthcare Is Broken. A Consumer-Driven Healthcare System Is the Answer.Premium
Time for A CEO Change and Board Swap Out at IBM Neither IBM's CEO Ginni Rometty nor IBM's Board understand the nuances of crafting a story for Wall Street nor executing a strategic M&A program to offset the negative impact to IBM's revenue as a result of the strategic shift to recurring revenue products & … Continue reading Where Is the Accountability at IBM? CEO & Board Are Flying Blind
Autonomous Teaser, Uber Data Breach, More M&A In this edition of the CEORater Podcast we cover: 1.) Autonomous driving teaser.. 2.) Perhaps Microsoft (MSFT) ought to acquire Anaplan and other SaaS/cloud Financial Management tools to create an upgrade glide path for Excel? We think so. Infor would do well to follow a similar M&A path. … Continue reading Autonomous Teaser, Uber Data Breach, More M&A
Perhaps time for Microsoft to acquire Anaplan? (via WSJ): Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs
Cultural fit between merger/acquisition partners is essential in order to maximize the probability of a successful transaction. We define successful M&A transactions as those where the parties who agree to merge/be acquired have engaged employee bases that are motivated to work and create new products and services together. To engage with customers together. This goes … Continue reading Culture Is King in Strategic M&A