Tag: valuation

Broadridge’s Acquisition of Itiviti. Nothing Is Cheap.

Broadridge’s Acquisition of Itiviti. Nothing Is Cheap.

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.

A LinkedIn Spin-Off Could Unlock Significant Value For Microsoft

A LinkedIn Spin-Off Could Unlock Significant Value For Microsoft

Microsoft's (tkr: MSFT), LinkedIn business unit specializes in entity data and related content similar to ZoomInfo (tkr: ZI). Given ZoomInfo's inflated valuation, Microsoft would likely unlock significant shareholder value were it to spin-off LinkedIn as a separately-traded business. A 20x multiple (par for the course in today's richly-valued Software market and a haircut to ZI's … Continue reading A LinkedIn Spin-Off Could Unlock Significant Value For Microsoft

Palantir Is Not A Software Company

Palantir Is Not A Software Company

Palantir (tkr: PLTR) is not a Software company no matter how hard it may try. It appears that Palantir has allocated a portion of Costs of Goods Sold to General & Administrative expenses in order to boost Gross Margins in-line with Software company Gross Margins (click here for PLTR table). Doing so helped PLTR benefit … Continue reading Palantir Is Not A Software Company

There Is Only One Elon Musk

There Is Only One Elon Musk

The "Pretender" auto companies will likely fail because they don't have Elon Musk. While we have been critical of Tesla's corporate governance, there is no denying Elon Musk's persistence. Musk's level of persistence is rare. It is highly unlikely that the Pretenders (NKLA, NIO, RIDE, WKHS) have an Elon Musk among their senior ranks. The … Continue reading There Is Only One Elon Musk

The Valuation Circus Is In Town

The Valuation Circus Is In Town

We recently wrote about the "Speculation Era" in Tech stocks. It doesn't have to be this way. Institutional investors don't have a gun to their heads forcing them to chase performance in companies such as TSLA and SNOW. Yet many are doing just that, throwing time-tested investment principles out the window. Many justify their outrageously … Continue reading The Valuation Circus Is In Town

Time to Spin-Off AWS, Azure and GCP

Time to Spin-Off AWS, Azure and GCP

Given Snowflake's rich valuation, it may be time for Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft to spin-off GCP, AWS and Azure. Snowflake priced its IPO yesterday and the stock closed up 112% to $253.93 for a valuation of approximately $70 billion. Assuming calendar year 2020 revenue of $500 million implies a MV/Revenue multiple of 140x. The combination … Continue reading Time to Spin-Off AWS, Azure and GCP

Insurance Companies Are Undervalued Tech Companies

Insurance Companies Are Undervalued Tech Companies

Insurance Companies Are Undervalued Technology-Enabled Services Companies Insurance companies are undervalued Technology-Enabled Services companies. Further, they share attributes with richly-valued SaaS companies – namely predictable, recurring revenue. Insurance companies obviously don’t develop and sell technology as a core business, yet they leverage various software applications and analytical tools that power their core underwriting services. From … Continue reading Insurance Companies Are Undervalued Tech Companies

Don’t Believe The Hype

Don’t Believe The Hype

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