20 September 2013 - 6:30 am
Speaking at Georgetown University’s Business School alongside his best-bailed-out buddy BofA’s CEO Brian Moynihan, Warren Buffett has some rules (or goals) for the “wealthy” that are summed up perfectly in this quote:
- *BUFFETT: RICH MUST LEARN TO LIVE ON $500 MILLION, DONATE REST
- *BUFFETT SAYS WE HAVEN’T LEARNED WELL ENOUGH HOW TO SHARE WEALTH
- *BUFFETT SAYS PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE MISTAKE OF GREED
- *BUFFETT: SOCIETY MUST ENSURE PEOPLE DON’T FALL TOO FAR BEHIND
19 September 2013 - 22:29 pm
At the moment Google is preparing an especially uncertain and distant shot. It is planning to launch Calico, a new company that will focus on health and aging in particular. The independent firm will be run by Arthur Levinson, former CEO of biotech pioneer Genentech, who will also be an investor. Levinson, who began his career as a scientist and has a Ph.D. in biochemistry, plans to remain in his current roles as the chairman of the board of directors for both Genentech and Apple, a position he took over after its co-founder Steve Jobs died in 2011. In other words, the company behind YouTube and Google+ is gearing up to seriously attempt to extend human lifespan.
Sure, why not? Do your magic.
Google vs. Death (TIME)
Big, if not unexpected, cross-border drugs tie-up just announced: Perrigo, the speciality US pharmaceutical group, is to acquire Ireland’s Elan for $8.6bn in cash and stock as it re-domiciles in Ireland.
The deal, which the companies said would create the opportunity for annual after-tax savings of as much as $150m, would see Elan shareholders receive $6.25 in cash and 0.7636 shares in Perrigo stock for each of their Elan shares, valuing Elan at $16.50 per share.
The transaction will see Perrigo re-incorporate as a new company in Ireland, led by its current leadership team and subject to Ireland’s low rate of corporate tax.
“Through this transaction, Perrigo establishes a diversified platform for further international expansion,” said Perrigo chairman and CEO Joseph Papa. >> Read More
The number of chief executives in banking that are at the helm of the same institution that they were in 2007 has become a pretty select group.
Step forward, Brady Dougan, the tightly-controlled Credit Suisse CEO who has somehow manoeuvred between heightened regulatory demands, post-crisis political outrage in Switzerland and sweeping cultural and operational changes within his own bank.
There was a time when it was thought time was running out for Mr Dougan to prove that his strategy of maintaining a full-service, de-risked investment bank alongside Credit Suisse’s top tier wealth management business was viable in a Basel III world.
The bank’s second quarter results, just released, show that Credit Suisse, like its US rivals, benefited from a better quarter in sales and trading, where revenues increased 19 per cent year on year.
Some quick points: >> Read More
Here are the highlights:
- Q3 Revenue of $35.32 billion beats expectations of $35.04 billion; This compares to $35.0 billion a year ago, or the firm barely posted a revenue increase this quarter – the first time in yearsQ3 EPS of $7.47, Exp. $7.31
- sees Q4 revenue of $34-37 billion, Exp. $36.97 billion;
- Q3 Gross margin of 36.9%, Exp. 36.7%; Sees Q4 margin of 36%-37%
- iPhone sales of 31.2 million, Expected 26.1 million
- iPad sales of 14.6 million, Expected 17.4 million
- And since margin did not reflect a pick up in iPhone sales, sure enough the Q3 iPhone ASP was $581, vs Expectations of $597
- AAPL total cash and investment rose to a record $146.6 billion up from $144.7 billion, however the sequential growth of “only” $1.9 billion was the lowest since March 2010
And on those news the stock is up some $15 after hours: hardly representative of the epic upward moves in days gone by. >> Read More
Is the “hip” Marissa Mayer’s honeymoon with Wall Street finally over? After getting the vast benefit of the doubt from Wall Street for some 50%+ upside in the stock price without generating any actual results, moments ago the search engine that everyone used over a decade ago before the arrival of such better alternatives as GOOG, once again failed to deliver. Specifically, while the company beat the EPS estimate of $0.30 with eash and a print of $0.35, it was the top line that the firm posted a miss, revenue coming at $1.07 billion on expectations of $1.08 billion. But it was the outlook that really impacted the stock, which initially was trading higher only to turn lower as the company’s guidance cut was released. To wit:
- YAHOO SEES 2013 ADJ OPER INCOME $900M-$1B, SAW $1.05B-$1.1B
- YAHOO SEES 3Q REVENUE EX TAC $1.06B-$1.10B, EST. $1.12B
- YAHOO SEES YR REV. EX-TAC $4.45B-$4.55B, EST. $4.54B >> Read More
Coca-Cola’s second quarter may not prove as satisfying to shareholders as its first did.
Shares in the drinks maker were down 2 per cent in pre-market trading after the company said that the volume of drinks it sold missed its own expectations.
Muhtar Kent, the chief executive of Coca-Cola, said:
Our second quarter volume results came in below our expectations, reflecting an ongoing challenging macroeconomic environnment and unusually poor weather conditions
Here’s the breakdown: >> Read More
This is the first high profile exit from Infosys after its co-founder N R Narayana Murthy returned back to the company as the executive chairman last month.
Known to be quite close to Infosys CEO & MD S D Shibulal, Pradhan had re-joined the company in June 2011 to drive the global sales and marketing. His return to Infosys was perceived as quite vital to drive its 3.0 strategy as a part of which the company was trying to position itself as a global consulting major.
However, in his address to the shareholders at the company’s 32nd annual general meeting last month, Murthy had acknowledged that in its pursuit of positing itself as a specialist consulting player, Infosys has lost focus on its ‘bread and butter’ application development and maintenance (ADM) business. He had also committed to bring back the focus on this revenues stream while at the same time accelerating progress in other business streams. >> Read More
Tony Fernandes CEO of AirAsia, which is set to take wing in India soon along with the Tata Group and Arun Bhatia’s Telestra Tradeplace, seems to have taken a dig at beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines’ Vijay Mallya.
Observing that this was the “right time” to enter the Indian market, Tony Fernandes said, “silly capital has gone out. Eight years ago, I said I will never come to India as there are crazy guys in this business who had too much money to throw away. They have lost all their money now. There is a bit of sensible business now.”
However, no further clarifications are available.
John Thain, former chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch and COO at Goldman Sachs, told Bloomberg Television’s Erik Schatzker and Sara Eisen on “Market Makers” today that a crisis like the one in 2008 could “absolutely” happen again.” Thain said, “If anything, too big to fail is a bigger problem because the biggest financial institutions are more concentrated today than they were. Dodd Frank did not solve too big to fail.”
Thain, who is currently CEO of CIT Group, also commented on selling the company to a larger bank, saying that would be “obvious.” He said, “The big banks are awash in deposits and they can’t generate attractive assets. We, in all our businesses, are able to generate very high-yielding, attractive assets, so the logic of that is obvious.”
Thain on how comfortable we should be with what Wall Street has become since September 2008:
“If you are asking about too big to fail and can what happened in 2008 could happen again, the answer is yes, it absolutely can happen again. If anything, too big to fail is a bigger problem because the biggest financial institutions are more concentrated today than they were. Dodd Frank did not solve too big to fail.” >> Read More