Pure Storage: Trouble Arises After Fiscal 1Q17 Results

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PSTG has fallen nearly 18% after announcing fiscal first quarter results that largely continue the concerning trends we pointed out when we placed PSTG in the Danger Zone in February 2016.

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Linking Executive Compensation to ROIC: A New Model Portfolio

This model portfolio only includes those companies that not only receive our Very Attractive rating, but also tie executive compensation to ROIC.

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Model Portfolio: Linking Executive Compensation To ROIC

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We’ve created a new Model Portfolio, one that only includes those companies that not only receive our Very Attractive rating, but also tie executive compensation to return on invested capital (ROIC). Tying executive compensation to ROIC is important as ROIC is the primary driver of shareholder value creation.

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Identifying Good And Bad Activist Investors

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There are some genuinely good examples of shareholder activism out there. In the right context, activist investors hold management accountable and play a beneficial role in the market by ensuring that poor corporate governance and strategy don’t persist.

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Beware Profiteers Masquerading As Activists

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In this special report, we identify and provide specific examples of the red flags you should be on the lookout for when activist investors begin building a large position in a company.

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Return On Invested Capital (ROIC): Explanation & Examples

The formula (see Figure 1) for calculating ROIC is easy. The hard part is finding all the data, especially from the footnotes and MD&A, required to get NOPAT and Invested Capital right. When we calculate ROIC, we make numerous adjustments to close accounting loopholes and ensure apples-to-apples comparability across thousands of companies.

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How General Electric Can Prevent A $125 Billion Decline In Market Value

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Based on the linear equation within, the stock is worth ~$18/share if we assume that GE can maintain its current ROIC of 3% and not accelerate growth. That downside translates into a loss of $125 billion in market cap or $13 per share (43%) for investors.

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How To Calculate Invested Capital Webinar

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In this webinar, we provide details and models showing how to calculate Invested Capital and how it relates to Net Operating Profit After Tax (NOPAT) and return on invested capital (ROIC).

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Case Study: Shareholder Risks of Loss From Misaligned Executive Compensation

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Even though most acquisitions destroy value, this deal stands out for just how quick and large the value destruction was. This case study details the acquisition and includes a warning on another deal that we think may follow the same path as the one in the case study.

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Danger Zone: Compensation Committees

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We know that Valeant is not the only company with misaligned executive incentives. There are many others, many of which have already been put in the Danger Zone and some who will go into the Danger Zone soon. This week, however, compensation committees land in the Danger Zone because of the role they play in creating the problems that lead to shareholder value destruction.

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Using ROIC To Value American Express Webinar

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In case you missed it, or in case you wanted to watch it again, here is our live webinar from this week. In this webinar, David Trainer, a Wall Street veteran, will discuss how undervalued American Express (AXP) is.

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The Value Of Transparency: Why Methodology Matters

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investors always need to dig deeper than looking at a simple “buy” or “sell”. Sometimes, these ratings can be driven by factors that have nothing to do with markets or fundamentals. On other occasions, the argument might sound convincing but completely crumble when you examine some of the underlying assumptions.

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How To Boost American Express (AXP) Value By $50 Billion

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Thesis: Management can boost the market value of American Express in the amounts below[1] by aligning the firm’s strategy and performance compensation with real cash flows or what we call return on invested capital (ROIC).

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ROIC: The Paradigm For Linking Corporate Performance To Valuation Webinar

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In this webinar, David Trainer, a Wall Street veteran, will discuss ROIC’s role in the capital markets, how to calculate it correctly, and how to get the most out of the metric

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How To Boost Oracle’s Value By $65 Billion Webinar

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In case you missed it, or in case you wanted to watch it again, here is our live webinar from this week. David Trainer will discuss how undervalued Oracle is relative to real cash flows and ROIC and more.

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How EV/EBITDA Misses The Point On Valuation

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In reality, EV/EBITDA can actually be significantly worse than P/E or P/B ratios because EBITDA ignores certain real costs of doing business like taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Put simply, EBITDA is even farther removed from the real cash flows of the business than EPS or net income.

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Open Letter to Larry Ellison: How To Boost Oracle’s Value By $65 Billion

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Thesis: Management can boost the market value of ORCL in the amounts provided by aligning the firm’s strategy and performance compensation with real cash flows or what we call return on invested capital.

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Market Outlook For 2016

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I think we are seeing the start of that process in late 2015 and early 2016. The combination of a slowdown in China, falling energy prices, and the end of zero interest rate policy from the Fed have put markets and the global economy in an interesting state of transition.

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ROIC: The Paradigm For Linking Corporate Performance To Valuation

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It’s incredible that corporate executives and the market as a whole continue to depend on such flawed numbers when we already have a measure that is clearly linked with value creation: return on invested capital (ROIC).

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If ROIC Is So Great, Then Why Doesn’t Everyone Use It?

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Why do investors, executives, and the financial media focus on reported earnings and other metrics such as EBITDA that ignore the balance sheet? Why aren’t executives around the world adopting ROIC in order to boost returns?

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