Katzenberg’s Big Ask: $2 Billion for Short-Form Video Project

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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&region=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 »

Toys ‘R’ Us Is a Cautionary Tale for Technology

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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?

This could stop Amazon’s stock rally in its tracks

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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?

Valeant shares rocket 24% as investors cheer moves to reduce debt

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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?

Puerto Rico: A Debt Problem That Kept Boiling Over

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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 »

ESPN Has Seen the Future of TV and They’re Not Really Into It

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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?

The 34-Year-Old Hedge Fund Manager Who Bet Everything On A Stock That Tanked

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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 »

Valeant Slumps After Longtime Backer Ackman Exits With a Loss

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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 »

Former exec arrests keep Valeant from ‘riding into the sunset’ on Philidor controversy

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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 »