Tag: valuation

ROIC and M&A. Adobe Gets an “F”.

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”.

Analyzing an M&A Transaction

Analyzing an M&A Transaction

We were critical of Adobe's (ADBE) acquisition of Figma for a few reasons. These elements can be applied to the analysis of any M&A transaction. Valuation: 50x revenue is a rich valuation no matter how you slice it. I don't care how unique Figma's product offerings may be or how competitive the deal may have … Continue reading Analyzing an M&A Transaction

QT Has Only Just Begun

QT Has Only Just Begun

The Fed's balance sheet declined modestly ending the week at $8.91 trillion, down from $8.93 trillion and up from $8.76 trillion at the beginning of the calendar year and up from $4.17 trillion in January 2020 (just before the unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus programs of 2020 and 2021). As we wrote on Tuesday, the … Continue reading QT Has Only Just Begun

Earnings Estimates Are Too High

Earnings Estimates Are Too High

While the S&P 500 index is down approximately 21% YTD, it appreciated 44% from its pre-COVID high in February 2020 to its recent high during January 2022. One could argue that the pre-COVID high of February 2020 was a rich valuation for the index which benefited from years of accomodative Fed policy and low inflation. … Continue reading Earnings Estimates Are Too High

Strong Correlation Between M2 Growth & NASDAQ Composite Growth

Strong Correlation Between M2 Growth & NASDAQ Composite Growth

We compared the year-over-year percentage change in M2 (measured each month) to the year-over-year percentage change in the NASDAQ Composite (measured each month on a one-month lag) and found a strong correlation as measured by a correlation coefficient of 81.7%. Our analysis covered the percentage change in M2 from April 2020 (when the money supply … Continue reading Strong Correlation Between M2 Growth & NASDAQ Composite Growth

Cash Flow Is King In A Bubble Economy

Cash Flow Is King In A Bubble Economy

Cash flow is king in a world smitten by nosebleed valuations and unsustainable spending The Fed's commentary around potentially increasing the Fed Funds Rate in 2023 vs. 2024 reminds me of the equity analyst who would base his valuation case on a P/E multiple applied to an earnings estimate that was five years in the … Continue reading Cash Flow Is King In A Bubble Economy

Investors Should Ask More of Their Management Teams

Investors Should Ask More of Their Management Teams

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

A Corporate Tax Hike Will Be A Double Whammy On Valuations

A Corporate Tax Hike Will Be A Double Whammy On Valuations

Consider the Fintech and Information Services sector. Depending upon how you define it, the sector trades at approximately 30x Operating Cash Flow ("OCF"). If Company X generates $1 billion in Operating Cash Flow today, the Net Income input will have been taxed at 28% under Biden's proposal vs. the current 21% Federal corporate income tax … Continue reading A Corporate Tax Hike Will Be A Double Whammy On Valuations

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.