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"For our shareholders, we continued to grow earnings rapidly while remaining true to our capital-light model. This has allowed us to return 100% of earnings over the past 4 years through dividends and share buybacks while keeping the share count flat and incurring virtually no net debt and no insurance liabilities"

A Weekly Update on Happenings in Special Situations
  • M&A activity in the cybersecurity space is frothy. 3 large deals last week – Datto $MSP sale to Kaseya, SailPoint $SAIL sale to Thoma Bravo, and Barracuda sale to $KKR.


  • Atlantia (BIT: ATL) received a $63bn buyout proposal from the Benetton family and Blackstone $BX in what would be the 2nd largest global M&A deal of the year.

  • Kohl’s $KSS said bidders are refining their offers and securing financing; Franchise Group $FRG reportedly joined the process.

  • In a continuation of recent trends, increased incidence of M&A activity from across the pond. CareTech (LSE: CTH) has competing bids. Ideagen (AIM: IDEA) is the subject of takeover interest. Ocean Outdoor (LSE:OOUT) is in sale talks.

  • Nielsen $NLSN investor WindAcre now owns 25% of the company, and still plans to block its sale.

  • Peloton $PTON activist Blackwells Capital reiterated its call for a sale of the company.

  • Guess? $GES activist Legion Partners received support from ISS and Glass Lewis in ongoing proxy fight.

  • Hearing rumors that Gap $GPS may be pressured to spin-off its Athleta biz.
Upcoming Earnings Calendar (Jan 24-28th) - BIG week ahead!
Hey guys! Here's the upcoming earnings calendar! Definitely a very busy week ahead. Here's what I'll be looking at:

  • $MSFT - Can Azure keep its growth rate? Will a slowdown cause a sell-off similar to the one $NFLX had?
  • $TSLA - Post earnings reaction. This is one of the few high-growth stocks that has shown relative strength. Let's see if this changes post ER.
  • $LOGI - Is demand for gaming peripherals still strong? May be an early indicator of videogaming strength.
  • $AAPL - It's always interesting to hear what Apple is doing.
  • $V - Data on consumer spending.
  • $CVX - General comments on the energy market.

If you'd like an easier way to track earnings dates, you can automatically sync your portfolio's earning dates to your personal calendar with just a couple of clicks here.

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