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Investment Talk β€’ 569 implied HN points β€’ 25 Jan 24
  1. The post discusses the experience of heading to the USA for the first time and shares insights on a small cap company in the UK.
  2. An in-depth study on serial acquirers highlights the importance of CEOs with strong capital allocation skills.
  3. The paper 'The Art of Not Selling' by Chris Cerrone emphasizes the importance of patient and strategic investing decisions over succumbing to external pressures.
The Polymerist β€’ 182 implied HN points β€’ 20 Feb 24
  1. DuPont started as a company selling explosives before pivoting to synthetic polymer chemistry in the 1920s, leading to significant innovations like Nylon and Teflon.
  2. Chemours was spun off from DuPont due to the controversy around environmental issues related to Teflon, resulting in significant legal liabilities.
  3. Despite its reputation as a specialty chemicals company, DuPont's financial reports show challenges in generating high profits, possibly due to a focus on commoditized products and significant settlements.
Invariant β€’ 491 implied HN points β€’ 07 Jan 24
  1. Quaking aspens have a unique way of growing, with all trees in a colony connected as part of the same single organism.
  2. Logista, a Spanish distribution company, is diversifying away from tobacco distribution and focusing more on next-generation nicotine products and pharmaceutical distribution.
  3. Logista is strategically growing through acquisitions, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector, aiming for inorganic growth to expand its reach.
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Equal Ventures β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 30 Jan 24
  1. Insurtech indices outperformed legacy peers in Q4 2023, showing strong recovery throughout 2023 but still below 2021 highs.
  2. Legacy brokers faced challenges in Q4 with tougher revenue growth comps, while insurtech companies in distribution & marketing excelled.
  3. P&C carriers had a positive Q4, demonstrating improved profitability expectations with lower combined ratios, notable improvements in personal lines carriers.
PETITION β€’ 334 implied HN points β€’ 02 Jul 23
  1. The economy is showing signs of recovery but challenges remain with credit markets and bankruptcy activity increasing.
  2. Equity markets are experiencing a strong rally despite uncertainties in crypto and regulatory challenges.
  3. Retail sector is facing struggles with companies like David's Bridal liquidating and Bed Bath & Beyond selling assets.
Value Investing Substack β€’ 294 implied HN points β€’ 02 Jun 23
  1. Big Gaming sector has wide moats with hit-based revenue streams like microtransactions and lootboxes, making it difficult for new entrants to compete.
  2. Big Gaming companies benefit from infinite free cash flow streams from hit franchises and have pricing power in the industry.
  3. There is a potential convergence between Big Gaming, Big Media, and Big Tech sectors, leading to synergies in brand assets and content creation.
Fintech Radar β€’ 6 implied HN points β€’ 31 Jan 24
  1. PayPal failed to impress the market with its new features, losing momentum after an initial spike in stock value.
  2. TikTok is testing a feature to make every post shoppable, aiming to boost its e-commerce business with enhanced shopping experiences.
  3. Klarna introduced a $7.99 subscription plan 'Klarna Plus' to generate recurring revenue as it gears up for its IPO, reflecting mixed opinions on the BNPL industry.
Dana Blankenhorn: Facing the Future β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 14 Aug 23
  1. Disney is speculated to undergo a breakup with various divisions being sold or spun out.
  2. The traditional entertainment and streaming business model of Disney is facing challenges and changes due to factors like climate change, labor issues, and evolving consumer behaviors.
  3. The impact of technological advancements and changing consumer preferences is forcing businesses like Disney to adapt, evolve, and find new business models to remain relevant.
Software Snack Bites β€’ 23 implied HN points β€’ 03 Oct 23
  1. Traditional tech M&A is slowing down, but startups are finding new opportunities with non-tech companies acquiring tech startups for talent and technology.
  2. More companies are realizing the importance of tech acquisitions to evolve their products and internal systems, especially with the rise of AI.
  3. Transitioning to tech acquisitions can be beneficial for companies, as seen with Roper's success in becoming a majority vertical software business.
Nongaap Investing β€’ 30 implied HN points β€’ 22 Aug 23
  1. Milky Way Investments Group's $125 million investment may have been used to benefit Illumina insiders through undisclosed shares and influence in Grail's Series D round.
  2. Dr. Klausner's ownership of Grail shares through Milky Way Investments Group raised concerns about undisclosed insider transactions and potential conflicts of interest.
  3. The intertwining relationships between Helix, Grail, and Illumina, as well as the modifications of options and redemptions, suggest possible non-disclosed financial dealings and self-dealing among insiders.
Afridigest β€’ 3 implied HN points β€’ 11 Feb 24
  1. Three fintech financing transactions and an M&A deal were announced this week.
  2. Mastercard is acquiring around a 4% stake in MTN's mobile money & fintech unit with a $200 million investment.
  3. Key companies like MTN, Paystack, LemFi, Jumo, Mira, Lesaka, were featured in this Fintech Review along with notable executives in the industry.
The Security Industry β€’ 15 implied HN points β€’ 02 Apr 23
  1. In 2022, the cybersecurity industry saw 332 acquisitions, with the largest deal being VMware acquired by Broadcom for $60 billion.
  2. Most of the acquisitions in 2022 were strategic, where one vendor acquired another, like Google buying Mandiant.
  3. Special Purpose Acquisition Corps (SPACs) were used for acquiring cybersecurity companies, with notable large deals taking advantage of lower valuations.
The Entertainment Strategy Guy β€’ 0 implied HN points β€’ 04 May 23
  1. The UK's decision to block the Microsoft-Activision merger could impact future entertainment industry mergers.
  2. There is a bipartisan push for stronger antitrust laws to prevent monopolies and improve competition in all industries.
  3. Antitrust considerations are becoming crucial in evaluating potential mega-mergers in the entertainment business.
Afridigest β€’ 0 implied HN points β€’ 19 Feb 24
  1. Two fintech financing transactions and two M&A deals were announced recently in the African fintech scene.
  2. Tunisia joined the Pan African Payments and Settlement System (PAPSS), becoming the thirteenth central bank member and the first from North Africa.
  3. Notable companies like Carbon, Vella Finance, Flutterwave, and executives from various fintech organizations were highlighted in the Fintech Review.