Description: Jeffrey Katzenberg is trying to raise $2 billion for his new television start-up that will provide short-form content of premium quality for mobile devices. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 02, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/business/dealbook/katzenberg-television-mobile.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FVenture%20Capital&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection Questions for discussion: What are the risks to investors, compared to traditional media platforms that exist today? Do you think this thinking… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Debt
Description: How about this setup for a joke: What does Toys “R” Us Inc. have in common with business software companies? Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 21, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-09-21/toys-r-us-is-a-cautionary-tale-for-technology-firms Questions for discussion: What does article say about the use of debt and the consequences? What should investors and financial managers take away from this report?
Description: Amazon needs to enact a large stock split and start paying a dividend to get the Dow keepers’ attention Source: MarketWatch.com Date: May 15, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-could-stop-amazons-stock-rally-in-its-tracks-2017-04-21?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: What is the concern about Amazon’s stock price as described in this article? What do you think about this argument?
Description: Troubled drug company refinanced debt, extended maturities and adjusted terms last quarter Source: MarketWatch.com Date: May 12, 2017 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/valeant-shares-rocket-23-as-investors-cheer-moves-to-reduce-debt-2017-05-09?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Why did the stock price jump? Do you think the current value is fair, with respect to the level of debt and revenue projections?
Description: It all goes back to 1917. Congress passed a law that year making Puerto Ricans United States citizens. That same law, still on the books today, empowered the island to raise money by issuing tax-exempt bonds. Source: NYTimes.com Date: May 05, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/business/dealbook/puerto-rico-debt.html?ref=dealbook Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for the current financial… Read more »
Description: John O’Connell, chairman and CEO at Davis Rea, discusses BlackBerry. Source: BNN.ca – video report Date: April 11, 2017 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/video/john-o-connell-discusses-blackberry~1099714 Questions for discussion: Summarize the the analysis and advice. Do you agree?
Description: As more fans cut the cord and go mobile, the network is busy protecting its cable-TV money machine. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 30, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-03-30/espn-has-seen-the-future-of-tv-and-they-re-not-really-into-it Questions for discussion: How has the business model changed at ESPN? What can the company do to deal with these changes to operations?
Description: Vadim Perelman was a young hedge fund hot shot not so long ago, overseeing a portfolio in the hundreds of millions at the age of 31, hopping on corporate boards, and issuing lengthy slide presentations about his favorite stock picks. Source: Forbes.com Date: Mar 16, 2017 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2017/03/16/the-34-year-old-hedge-fund-manager-who-bet-everything-on-a-stock-that-tanked/#5585be5c16fb Questions for discussion: Summarize the strategic… Read more »
Description: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. stock slumped after Bill Ackman, once its biggest champion, exited the struggling drugmaker at a loss. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Mar 14, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-14/valeant-slumps-after-long-time-backer-ackman-exits-with-a-loss Questions for Discussions: Explain the reasons for the sudden stock plunge? What is the financial situation at the firm today? How should invesdtors… Read more »
Description: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. continues to be haunted by its ties to the Philidor speciality pharmacy as former executives from both companies face charges in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 17, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/investing/market-moves/former-valeant-executive-and-former-philidor-ceo-charged-with-fraud-in-pharmacy-probe Questions for discussion: What is the legal case against the firm based on? What are the financial… Read more »