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This Video-Game Maker Just Entered a Different Entertainment Arena... Here's Why You Should Care

This Video-Game Maker Just Entered a Different Entertainment Arena... Here's Why You Should Care

Disney (DIS) isn’t the only company racing to open up new theme parks… The media titan opened a Star Wars park in 2019 and is now building Marvel-themed parks across the globe. In a normal world, where the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t largely shut down demand, this style of theme park has been a huge hit […]
M&A Matters for the Economy, So Here's the Scoop on Its Outlook

M&A Matters for the Economy, So Here's the Scoop on Its Outlook

As we said on Thursday, consolidation will be important for corporate survivors…  The coronavirus pandemic has created a challenging economic environment… but certain companies will make it through the crisis and emerge stronger than ever – it’s a theme we’ve termed “Survive and Thrive.”  The winners have healthy balance sheets and are looking to put […]
The Behind-the-Scenes Operator for Vaccine Production

The Behind-the-Scenes Operator for Vaccine Production

For achieving high performance, consider ‘thankfulness’… Of all the things that can dramatically improve your performance – at virtually anything – meditation is at the top of the list. Many sports research groups, universities, and health care institutions have found a lot of upside to sitting in silence for up to 20 minutes each day. […]
Looking Through the Altimeter Into a Consolidating Industry

Looking Through the Altimeter Into a Consolidating Industry

Joel’s note: Going forward, each Thursday, we’ll highlight one company for which we’re seeing interesting signals in The Altimeter – our tool that provides grades for stocks based on their true fundamentals and the market’s misleading valuation. By putting the power of Uniform Accounting directly into users’ hands, The Altimeter can help identify which stocks […]
This Hotel Brand Is Surviving the Pandemic Thanks to 'Staycations'

This Hotel Brand Is Surviving the Pandemic Thanks to 'Staycations'

Hotels are getting creative… In the November 11 Altimetry Daily Authority, we explained how “staycations” are helping keep the industry afloat. These are local trips, where travelers stay closer to home. But capitalizing off staycations isn’t the only way hotels are fighting headwinds from the coronavirus pandemic. As Bloomberg recently discussed, hotels are turning to […]
What a Possible 'Birth Dearth' Means for This Child Care Provider

What a Possible 'Birth Dearth' Means for This Child Care Provider

Historians and journalists peg 1946 as the ‘official’ beginning of the Baby Boom… However, U.S. birth rates were already on the rise from 1941 to 1944, in the midst of World War II. This fact supports the research that wars don’t necessarily create massive reductions in birth rates, as counterintuitive as that may be. For […]
Checking How Full the Economy's 'Gas Tank' Is

Checking How Full the Economy's 'Gas Tank' Is

Too many equity investors fail to understand the credit side of the business…  This dual focus is something that sets Altimetry apart from many of the big Wall Street firms. I’ll always remember getting this sage advice from cross-capital investing great Mitch Julis of Canyon Capital: “To be a great equity investor, you need to […]
This Auto Dealer Has Solved the Biggest Headache With Car Buying

This Auto Dealer Has Solved the Biggest Headache With Car Buying

Clear communication requires a clear intent… Every week on our all-hands call, our global teams highlight something they’ve been working on that’s relevant to the entire firm.  The good updates are full of metrics and show how the project led to a higher performance in something specific and measurable.  The better updates also make a […]
Here's Why Context Is Key in the 'Pipeline' Industry

Here's Why Context Is Key in the 'Pipeline' Industry

Last month, we discussed ‘Oil Major’ ExxonMobil (XOM) from a credit perspective… We explained how credit-ratings agency Moody’s (MCO) gave Exxon an investment-grade rating despite some huge risk issues. Exxon has weak cash flows, a large dividend, significant debt maturities, and sizeable capital expenditures (“capex”). As we said… Exxon is currently trapped between credit and […]
Struggling Airlines May Drag This Lessor Down

Struggling Airlines May Drag This Lessor Down

The coronavirus pandemic has crushed many industries… None have taken a greater hit than the airline sector. Demand cratered in April, and the recovery has continued to stall. Experts see air travel for 2020 at only 60% to 70% of last year’s level, at best. Some estimates don’t see demand returning to pre-pandemic levels until […]