Back in December I wrote that Oracle (ORCL) should acquire Salesforce (CRM). Activist investor Elliott Management may force a CRM sale, Oracle is the natural acquirer in our view. Salesforce has not had an operator at the helm capable of driving operating margin expansion since Keith Block left his co-CEO post in February 2020. Salesforce … Continue reading A Salesforce Sale?
ROIC and M&A. Adobe Gets an “F”.
Quality management teams measure the effectiveness of their M&A programs on a deal-by-deal basis. My favorite measure is Return On Invested Capital or ROIC. There are various ways to calculate ROIC. More important is the discipline of working through the process. Consider Adobe's $21.8 billion acquisition of Figma ($20 billion of cash and stock plus … Continue reading ROIC and M&A. Adobe Gets an “F”.
TEK2day Spotlight: The Evolving Insurance Industry
TEK2day Spotlights are sponsored reports that focus on a particular industry and/or technologies. M&A Activity & Low Interest Rates, Product & Process Innovation and Digital Transformation & Advanced Automation are some of the catalysts driving change within the global insurance industry. Click HERE to access the full report. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
ROIC Is A Good Measure of M&A Effectiveness
Return On Invested Capital ("ROIC") is my preferred measure for analyzing how well acquisitions perform post close. My formula is not textbook and uses a couple of variations. The first uses operating cash flow, the second uses revenue in the numerator. The denominator in both instances consists of purchase consideration (cash, equity and debt), legal … Continue reading ROIC Is A Good Measure of M&A Effectiveness
Cult of CEO Personality & Implications for Stock Prices
We at CEORater have highlighted the importance of CEO personality in terms of its influence on corporate strategy, operational and financial performance and thereby implications for stock prices. Don't take our word for it, there's plenty of published research from various academic institutions including the work of David Larker and Charles O'Reilly, both of Stanford … Continue reading Cult of CEO Personality & Implications for Stock Prices
The PE Model Is Unsustainable
PE firms can’t cut their way to prosperity in perpetuity. Strategic Acquirers We applaud when strategic acquirers defeat PE buyers for coveted assets (for a list of strategic acquirers that do M&A well click here). Our rationale is that strategic acquirers are typically motivated to optimize acquired assets so as to maximize ROIC over the … Continue reading The PE Model Is Unsustainable
We All Want to Feel Loved. M&A Is No Different.
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.
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